The Other Side of Potential: Starting Humbly, Making it Big and Giving Back, with Tricia Brouk

Jul 10, 2019


Tricia Brouk’s passion for storytelling has shaped her work in film, television, and theater for over two decades.

She is an award-winning director to include: Top Director of 2019 by the International Association of International Professionals, Award of Merit by The IndieFest for her short documentary Right Livelihood: A Journey to Here, Best Comedy from the Vancouver WebFest for Directing Sublets, and A Golden Thumb Award from Roger Ebert for her work on John Turturro’s Romance and Cigarettes.

Her work has been featured on Black Box for ABC, The Affair for Showtime, and Rescue Me on FOX, as well as in Lasse Hallstrom’s The Hoax with Richard Gere. She has worked closely with, Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon, Eddie Izzard, Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Cannavale, Kelly Reilly, Famke Jensen and her dear friend, the late James Gandolfini.

Tricia is committed to producing and directing stories that inspire, entertain, uplift, and foster an exchange of ideas. As the Executive Producer of Speakers Who Dare, and former Executive Producer of TEDxLincolnSquare, she curates the top speakers in the country, and her production company, The Big Talk Productions, shoots documentary shorts on the thought leaders making an impact on our world.

Her ground-breaking Speaker Salon has culminated in hundreds of her speakers booking international speaking engagements, TEDx Talks, and speaking opportunities with the top speaker bureaus alongside Mel Robbins and Barbara Corcoran.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • Be brave enough to start humbly — from sleeping on a mentor’s couch to waiting tables — in pursuit of your dreams
  • How leaving a successful career to start a new journey can lead to growth and success
  • Insights into how creativity and hard work on stage translate to behind-the-scenes roles in the arts
  • The positive impact of creating a safe, loving space for co-workers when acting as a leader
  • Why negative feedback creates more chaos than it’s worth as a performance management strategy
  • How to successfully build a community and culture that people are happy to be part of
  • Ways in which truth and vulnerability help artists perform at the top of their game
  • How accepting new challenges and adding layers to what you do can help make the world a better place
  • Why staying out of the way is sometimes the best way to lead
  • How you get to choose between being big and small