The Mantra That Keeps Me Steady Every Single Day
By Amy Laslett
I have a book club made up of female friends. I know a girls’ night involving literature isn’t re-inventing the wheel but it’s our way to pretend that “adulting” is just a tad easier and is an simple in-person vessel to lend a supporting ear. We have a constitution that we wrote one night (yes wine was involved) and #1 on the list is “everything is fine.”
When work-life gets too overwhelming I think back to this pinot-infused mantra written in scribble on a yellow note-pad. Worry holds incredible, and sometimes devastating weight, especially as women. For me, it can make my mind volatile and lead to misinformed decisions. That piece of paper reminds me to be steady every single day. Especially in business, as issues are consistently thrown at me to miraculously and immediately solve. If I let every person’s problem chip away at me, my decision-making would undoubtedly be more impulsive. By knowing where my individual equilibrium is, and staying as close as I can to that bar, I find that I’m more successful. By not melting down with every bump in the road I’ve learned others take my answers and choices more firmly and effortlessly. And the truth is, do I remember what problem I was stressed about two weeks ago? Not really.
Sometimes the day won’t go the way you meant it to, and if you can find solace knowing that’s okay — and will likely happen again — you’ll stay calmer. And on the flip side, some things will fall in your favor. Bask in the enjoyment of it, but don’t ride the high too high. The key is to stay steady in your failure and your success. Have an internal balance that doesn’t fluctuate drastically, be easy on yourself and, remember “everything is fine.”
And just for your information Rule #2 on that sheet of paper is just as important; “It’s always acceptable to eat fries in bed.”
Amy Laslett is the Partner/Head of Production at Kids at Play.
At just 30 years old, Amy Laslett is Partner and Head of Production at one-stop production company Kids at Play. Laslett leads a team of the industry’s best and brightest in creating award-winning series featuring a high caliber of actors, writers, directors, and channels. Laslett has already made a name for herself in the worlds of digital, TV and film, and her credits in these fields continue to grow at a rapid pace. Laslett was selected as one of FORBES Magazine’s “30 Under 30: Hollywood & Entertainment” leaders last year and served as an inaugural expert judge at the first-ever Under 30 Short Film Festival at Forbes’ Under 30 Summit in Boston in October 2016.
Under the KAP shingle, Laslett most recently executive produced “The 5 th Quarter,” a scripted comedy sports mockumentary series that launched on Verizon’s go90 platform featuring a variety of professional athletes and comedians, including JB Smoove, Jerry O'Connell, George Lopez, Adam Pally, Mark Cuban, Chris Parnell, Jeff Ross, Metta World Peace, Ahmad Rashad, and Chandler Parsons among others. She also executive produced the highly-successful digital series “Junketeers” for Comedy Central’s digital platforms, which garnered almost 3 million views in 8 episodes during its first month, as well as over 18.9 social media impressions, and a reach of over 24.3 million across Comedy Central’s YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat Discover, and Twitter channels. This series featured cameos by Josh Duhamel, Kristen Bell, Gillian Jacobs, Chloe Grace Moretz, Eli Roth, Emily Ratajkowski, Tom Felton, and Matt Bomer. Laslett’s upcoming projects include Beerfest with Warner Bros. and Blue Ribbon, and tween scripted series “Hyperlinked” for Youtube Red.
Previously, Laslett co-directed the award-winning short film GOOD KARMA $1, which received more than twelve awards on the North American film festival circuit after being accepted into more than 20 film festivals, including Slamdance, SF Shorts, DC Shorts, Austin Film Festival, and Edmonton International Film Festival. Her content averages more than 150 million impressions or views a year and has led to her working with some of the world’s foremost brands, including Purina, Pepsi, Xbox, Intel, LG, Mazda, Listerine, StubHub, Toshiba, Walgreens and PlayStation, with top-tier media partners such as Universal, Warner Brothers, Cooking Channel, Yahoo!, AOL, PBS, Maker Studios, Conde Nast Entertainment, BET, AMCTV, Electus, Principato Young Entertainment, Nerdist, Vevo, and The Scripps Network among others.
Laslett is also responsible for such hits as the LOUD channel’s “Coogan Auto” and “Watsky’s Making an Album;” IGN’s “Game Shop;” “Tiny Commando” with Ed Helms, Zac Levi and Gillian Jacobs; “We Need Help” with Cheryl Hines and Rachael Harris; and several Yahoo! hit series, including “Sketchy,” “Let’s Talk About Love,” “Reluctantly Healthy” with Judy Greer, “Your Friends Will Never Believe You,” and “The Assistant.” Laslett is also behind The Sklar Brother’s “You’re Doing it Wrong” for PBS Digital; “Superfan Showdown” for VEVO; and Maker TV’s “Ithamar has Nothing to Say,” which she produced along with comedy duo Key and Peele, and Principato Young Entertainment.
Prior to joining Kids at Play, Laslett worked under acclaimed indie film producer Julie Lynne. She assisted in the production of ALBERT NOBBS, MOTHER AND CHILD, and NINE LIVES. Laslett’s work has been honored with a multitude of awards including the Telly Awards, The American Advertising Awards, The Accolades, The Communicators Awards, and the EMPixx Awards. She is a member of the Television Academy and the Producer’s Guild of America.