Before The Fame: The Jobs Of Our Favorite Directors Before They Made It Big

January 12, 2018  |  

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Justin Simien

Before the success of his hit “Dear White People,” Justin Simien spent some time bouncing around a host of odd jobs to find his way to Hollywood. After heading out to Los Angeles, Simien worked as a publicity assistant at Focus Features, a publicity coordinator at Paramount Pictures and a social media manager at Sony Television. They may not have been the greatest gigs, but Simien sure knew the importance of networking in the right environments.

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