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ABOVE AND BEYOND - Paying It Forward

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016

Co-chairs of the Mentoring Committee for nearly eight years, Meta Valentic and Jill Demby Guest, are deeply appreciated for their hard work.

Jill volunteers because she understands what it’s like for a newcomer to enter the industry. When she first started out, she had the good fortune to encounter a generous mentor who motivated her to do things she never dreamed were possible. "Volunteering on this committee helps me to ‘pay it forward’ by offering mentoring to many others,” she states. Meta, also a member of the PGA Women’s Impact Network and a participant in the Diversity Committee’s Producing Workshop last summer, backs up that sentiment. She doesn’t hesitate to pitch any potential volunteers reading this magazine: "You will meet your fellow PGA members and have a great time. And you will probably learn something new about both the industry and yourself! You never know what may come out of it—I’m currentlyworking on two features with producers I met while volunteering for the Guild.”

Jill primarily produces nonfiction content and is currently working on a documentary feature film as producer, writer and director. She’s also notorious for honing her storytelling skills at theatrical venues all over LA and NYC. Meta continues to keep herself busy producing independent feature films, shorts, and web series that focus on emerging filmmakers and diverse stories, while also serving as an AD on a network television series.

The Producers Guild of America salutes these talented women for their passion and generosity.

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