Second Life Podcast, Bonus Episode: Jenna Bans on Leading Fearlessly

We're excited to announce MyDomaine's Second Life podcast, a series spotlighting successful women who've made major career changes—and fearlessly mastered the pivot. Hosted by Hillary Kerr, co-founder and chief innovation officer at MyDomaine's parent company, Clique Brands, each episode will give you a direct line to women who are game changers in their fields. 

Subscribe to Second Life on iTunes and stay tuned—we'll be releasing new episodes on Mondays. This series is brought to you by NBC's Good Girls.

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Jenna Bans's resume is scarily similar to the list of TV shows we love to binge-watch. As a producer and writer on Grey's Anatomy, co–executive producer on Scandal, and creator of NBC's new crime drama, Good Girls, she's the creative force behind some of the most popular shows of this generation. But in the second episode of Second Life, Bans explains how breaking into the industry wasn't easy—it required serious hustle. 

"My husband and I both arrived [in L.A.] not knowing anyone," she says. Feeling isolated in an industry built on connections, Bans eventually found a way in. "Someone I went to college with was an assistant at an agency, so that was my first job out here. It was a weird, quick education in how TV works, or at least the business side of it," she recalls. "I was assisting a lit agent and sending out his scripts, but secretly trying to get my script in the lands of these agents."

Fast-forward to 2018 and Bans is poised to launch Good Girls, a new drama she created and executive produced. While she now oversees a team of staff, Bans admits leadership hasn't come easily. "I'm constantly battling with myself and trying to be better—it's probably the biggest challenge I face day to day," she says. 

Download episode two of Second Life to hear Jenna Bans talk about ditching law school to pursue screenwriting and the most valuable insights she's learned along the way. Here are a few of our favorite highlights.

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