“Never Give Up” and More Advice from Jeremy Spielberg, 17-Year-Old Producer
Trying to break into Hollywood as a writer, director, producer can be excruciating, but with enough determination and grit, it’s far from impossible. Jeremy Spielberg, a 17-year-old producer with seven projects lined up for next year, has done just that. The Salmon Pages sat down with Jeremy to delve into exactly what drove his sudden rise to prominence.
The Salmon Pages: Thanks so much for chatting with us, Jeremy. You’ve had quite a year. Graduating from high school, making Forbes’ 30 Wealthiest Teens to Watch List, and producing your first film: Richie Rich 2: Double or Nothing.
Jeremy Spielberg: Oh, it’s been a crazy rollercoaster of a year. Thanks for having me.
TSP: When will we get a chance to see RR2: DoN?
JS: I think it’ll pop up on Netflix sometime early next year.
TSP: Jeremy, you’re currently the youngest producer in Hollywood. How did you do it?
JS: Oh my god, so many things. I stayed the course, I never gave up, and I took Nike’s advice and… I just did it. Also, my uncle Steven saw my potential early on and offered me the producing role on my sixteenth birthday.
TSP: That’s so inspiring. Not saying “No” when that opportunity came knocking is so crucial, don’t you think?
JS: Totally! It’s all about opportunity meeting preparation. That preparation being watching movies on Netflix a lot growing up and that opportunity being a super cool uncle who had his assistant mail me a birthday letter after missing fifteen previous birthday parties.
TSP: Wow. What can other aspiring filmmakers do to climb the Hollywood ladder like you?
JS: Network, network, network. It’s never too early to start. I had a hypnotherapist session that awakened a pre-birth memory to when I was just a soul floating around in heaven. Even then, I knew that asking St. Peter to be Steven’s baby nephew was a very necessary maneuver. Right uterus, right time.
TSP: That’s such a good tip for any would-be writer/directors who aren’t alive yet. What were some of the ways you impressed people as a young producer?
JS: Well, first of all, I wasn’t afraid to utilize my full staff of servants to help me edge out the other producers. Like when I was asked to pick up lunch, I would call in my helicopter pilot to land in the parking lot outside the office and zip me over to Joan’s On Third. Skipping over traffic to grab food or groceries made me an invaluable producer.
If they ever needed me to make copies of scripts or whatever, I would just order Reginald to go handle that, sometimes working remotely from my at-home gaming station.
TSP: Now that’s what I call multi-tasking! What was your role like in the creative process?
JS: I guess I was like a fact checker for the main character of Richie Rich? The writer would be like, “How many boats would a 12-year-old billionaire have?” and I’d be like, “Seven. Seven or eight. Or nine.” And then I’d just let them use my boats. Huge money-saver. So, my advice would be to never be afraid to let people use some of your boats in a movie.
TSP: I’m writing that one down! There are rumors swirling that next year you’re going to try your hand at directing? Any light you can shed on that?
JS: Well, nothing’s set in stone yet, but Uncle Steven says he’s gonna let me do the Warhorse sequel. But this one will be about Warhorse’s grandson, DiplomacyHorse. Set in modern day. The horse is gonna talk in this one if they let me have my way. Which they will.
TSP: Well, color us excited for that one. How exactly will you prepare for this transition from producer to director?
JS: What do you mean?
We hope you aspiring filmmakers reading this took something away you can apply towards your own budding career and were inspired to simply do the work and watch it pay off like it did for Jeremy.