Career Advice That Will Set You Free

Career advice can be complex or it can be simple and insightful. Often, the simple and insightful style of career advice is the most effective because it is easy for anyone to apply immediately. In this short video we have a simple, straight-forward piece of career advice that you can start using immediately. Enjoy!

Video Transcript for “Career Advice That Will Set You Free”

Brian Clapp, Director of Content: I’d say between 10-20% of the comments we get on our blog pages, or the emails I get personally, or the comments or posts on our LinkedIn page are people telling me I’m a condescending know-it-all.

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I’ll admit it’s hurts a little bit, damages the ego some. But I have to tell you every piece of entertainment career advice I share is based on mistakes that I have made in my career. Failures I have either overcome, dealt with or look back at and say ‘I can’t belcareer advice that will set you freeieve I did that…’.

My career advice doesn’t come from a place of ego, it comes from a place of catharsis, where I am trying to purge my own sins in the hopes it will help you avoid my pitfalls in your career.

One of the the things I look back at and realize was a big mistake in my early career, is that I was deathly afraid of asking people questions. What that did was set me up for failure instead of success.

I would look at a piece of audio equipment and acknowledge I didn’t know how to use it correctly, but I refused to ask that another person how because in my mind that would make them think they are better than me, or they’ll conclude that I am not as valuable to the organization as they are.

Instead I’d just try to figure it out on my own, wing it or worse yet, fake it. All that did was make me fail, I wouldn’t be able to use the equipment to it’s full capacity. I wouldn’t ask questions about how to get something done the right way because I was afraid it would make me look inferior – sounds insane when you say it out loud, but it’s real! That is such a convoluted way to go through life or to expect good things to happen in your career.

You need to ask questions, you need to improve and you can do that by asking questions. Find mentors, even peers, and be willing to learn things they know and share things you know. If you shut yourself off to those learning experiences all it will do is set you back.

There is power in vulnerability. There is power in saying – ‘hey I don’t know how to do this can you show me?’ You’ve embraced this person and shown them you respect their opinion, that will come back to you, that will pay you back.

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When you are first starting out, don’t feel asking questions is a weakness instead embrace it and realize it is a great way to improve yourself and your work relationships.

About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for &

Recently Brian has become addicted to Google+ and LinkedIn so add him to your circles and make him a contact. No seriously, you should.


  1. Liam Bradley says:

    hello brian

    as a musician i love to play music, i would love to be on stage or in a studio with a instrument but im stuck on how to get involved, id very much appreciate advise on this