Deena Katz

Join Coach Dan Gordon as he chats with eight-time Emmy-nominated producer Dina Katz. Known for mega-hits like Dancing with the Stars and The Masked Singer, Dina shares her journey to the television industry’s top. Learn her strategies for overcoming self-doubt, the importance of perseverance, and how she uses her platform to empower women. This episode is packed with insights for any entrepreneur looking to enter a highly competitive field.

Five Badass Q&As:
Q1: What inspired you to take on the challenge of producing Dancing with the Stars?
A1: The BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing was a hit in the UK, and ABC wanted to bring it to the US. Despite initial doubts, I believed in its potential and pushed forward, especially after securing Evander Holyfield as a contestant.
Q2: How do you deal with self-doubt and fear when starting something new?
A2: I follow a three-part strategy: slow it down, give yourself abundant gold stars, and avoid comparing yourself to others. These steps help me stay kind to myself and keep moving forward.
Q3: What was your approach to launching The Masked Singer?
A3: It was a collaborative effort with network executives. We saw the potential in a Korean version and adapted it for the US. Celebrities’ anonymity offered a unique twist that resonated with audiences.
Q4: How do you handle rejection and perseverance in your career?
A4: I never take rejection personally. It’s part of the job. I believe in stalking people until they say yes, finding out what they need, and showing them I care. Persistence is key.
Q5: What advice do you have for women navigating male-dominated industries?
A5: Support each other and avoid unnecessary competition. Collaboration and mutual support are crucial. Remember, we’re all in this together.

Five Badass Quotes:
1. If something makes you afraid, jump into it. Don’t shy away from it.
2. Success is going from one failure to another without losing enthusiasm.
3. It’s not the speed at which you pursue your dream; it’s the determination.
4. You have to believe in it. Persistence is everything.
5. Don’t compare and despair. Simply take the next step and keep moving forward.

Five Badass Takeaways:
1. Self-doubt is normal, but it shouldn’t stop you. Use it as a catalyst for growth.
2. Perseverance and belief in your vision are crucial for success.
3. Building a supportive network can help you overcome challenges.
4. Passion drives success, even when the path is unclear.
5. Helping others and asking for help can lead to more significant achievements.

Contact Info:
Dina Katz’s IMDB:
Coach Dan Gordon’s book: Text GAP to 213.409.8366 for a free copy.

0:00 Introduction
1:00 Meet Dina Katz
6:00 Starting Dancing with the Stars
9:00 Overcoming SelfDoubt
13:00 The Success of The Masked Singer
18:00 Persistence in the Industry
22:00 Empowering Women in Entertainment
30:00 Balancing Work and Personal Life
35:00 Advice for Entrepreneurs
41:00 Conclusion

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