Second Life Podcast: J.Lo and Her Producing Partner Talk Career Changes

Welcome to 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.

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Everybody knows that before Jennifer Lopez was the multihyphenate superstar she is today, she was Jenny from the block. But most people don't know how she made the leap from a dancer to an actor to a singer to an icon. "I always knew from a very young age that I loved performing," Lopez tells Hillary Kerr on episode 41 of Second Life. Her philosophy for mastering the pivot? "If you feel like you need to move, move."

In addition to her own talent and drive, J.Lo rose to stardom with the help of longtime agent and friend Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, who got her start working at William Morris Agency back in the 1980s when the industry was decidedly even more of a boys club than it is today. "I told them I want to be a secretary because it was the only way I could get in," Goldsmith-Thomas remembers.

Fast-forward to 2018 and Lopez is a household name, known not just for her dancing, singing, and acting, but also for her healthy lifestyle, charity work, writing, and producing skills. Goldsmith-Thomas also managed to pivot from top agent to the stars (she's worked with everyone from Lopez and Julia Roberts to Madonna and Patrick Dempsey) to a full-time movie producer.

Working together once again on their latest project, a film aptly called Second Act, the duo looks back on the pivots that defined their own successes. "People think that women should have one dream … the truth is the only thing stopping you is you," Goldsmith-Thomas says.

As for Lopez, career swaps were simply the result of trying new things. "It's more exciting living outside my comfort zone," she admits. "That's what gives me a buzz. That's what makes life worth living."

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