Industry Chat: Brad R Lambert!

MEET BRAD R LAMBERT

After almost 10 years in the sports industry working with professional athletes and sports teams, Brad R Lambert moved to Los Angeles to work with Robert Downey Jr. Following up his time with Downey, he went to Warner Bros. for two years to manage their marketing campaigns for TV, Film and Catalog titles, winning three CLIO awards during his tenure. Since then, he’s been producing, managing talent, speaking all over the world and consulting with the Studios and major brands. In 2019 he worked on the Marketing Campaigns for two of the biggest movies of all-time, collaborating with Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios on their release of “Avengers: Endgame” and Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios for their release of “Spider-Man: Far From Home”.  He is currently producing multiple film and TV projects, writing a children’s book, consulting with major brands and Studios, managing talent and speaking all over the world.

Brad was gracious enough to speak to Columbia College Hollywood students who are interested in making an impact in the entertainment industry. During this virtual event he not only guided students through his journey from Pittsburgh, PA to an entertainment “Swiss Army Knife”, he offered them unique advice on how to navigate the industry itself.  With endless anecdotal examples he taught our students the value of treating everyone you meet in this industry with kindness and respect and to try your best to seek out what YOU can do for them, rather than demanding an opportunity with every handshake. A far cry from the Hollywood wheeling and dealing you might imagine, Brad dared our students to envision a whole new industry and inspired them to be a part of the next generation of filmmakers.

Brad’s positive impact on the students goes beyond words. Through his conversation we have seen new connections form and a genuine interest in young artists helping each other with projects, advice and achieving goals. Through Brad’s one of a kind personality and energy level, the motivation of the students in attendance has been immediate, and exciting to see.

We thank Brad for being such a valuable asset to our college and providing our students with such an engaging and motivating opportunity. To watch the full event, please click here. If you want more information on Brad, check out his website and follow him on Instagram @bradrlambert.

Here are some of the responses and “thank you’s” to Brad after the event:

Fanni F.

“Thank you so much for coming to us and for speaking about your experiences. It was very illuminating. We all really appreciate every advice and story you shared. If I had to choose only one thing that I took away, that would probably be “giving value to the people and happiness”. It was very inspiring what you have done for others. Stay safe!”

Paola S.

“Hello Brad, thank you for this meeting. You really inspired me to keep fighting for my dreams.”

Laron H.

By far, it was truly the best one. I truly enjoyed myself. This is something that I will never forget. I’m happy that I was apart of it. 

Taylor J.

Thank you for your inspiration. I learned that I need to set longer termed goals. 

David M.

Something that I took from the meeting was advice to us because the one that I liked from him and I need to do is “Go for It” I think it was. When he said that I know he meant what you love to do and want to do for your life, start doing for you could get better or see where it takes you. I want to be a singer because I see how some music makes people happy or they understand how they feel, and I want to motivate people by singing.

Davin T. 

Thank you so much for inviting me to this virtual event. I wanted to thank Mr. Lambert for telling me as well as the other colleagues for your history and giving us insight into the entertainment business. There were many things that I took away from this meeting but I’ll always remember the quote that you told us: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. You have one life in this world, make it count. 

Jada J.

I just want to say thank you for taking the time and talking to us and giving us advice when it can to life and our careers. What I took from yesterday’s talk was that you have to remain consistent even if you don’t get it the first time. It’s okay to fail but it’s not okay to quit. Also, when you talked about not having to compete with each other and how if you help each other you both can become successful, I thought that was a good thing to mention because lots of people think to become successful you have to be better than the other but that isn’t the case. I really took a lot from the meeting and glad I was there to hear it all. Thank you!”

Alissa B.

It was such an honor speaking with you! Thank you for your generosity in speaking with us on your birthday! I will be impacted for the rest of my life because of the things you said and I will be taking your advice to heart. 

Kolby K.

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day, especially on your birthday to talk to us students who are on the path to follow our passions for the industry, myself included. Thank you so much for sharing your story and answering the questions we all had. It was a great time. Something I took away from the meeting is I learned that I just have to start somewhere, wherever that is and it’s okay to not be the best the first time, but it’s important to keep practicing. Because of hearing your story, your experiences, and the advice you gave us, my confidence in myself and what I want to do boosted through the roof. Again, thank you so much for your time! I hope to cross paths at some point!”

Lia W.

Thank you  Brad Lambert for the zoom meeting today. It really inspired me to follow my dreams and to take the small steps into what I wanna become. Also learn that things take time but if I keep pushing and putting myself out there something great will happen. Also love the part when you said to show confidence but not to the point when you think over highly of yourself……You don’t know how much those words meant to me and that fact that you took time outta you schedule to talk to us thank you and have a wonderful birthday. Meeting you even if it was on zoom was great.(Even if I didn’t get a chance to talk directly:D)”

Clalinda D.

I just wanted to say thank you for taking your time.  from your busy day and meeting with us. I learn a lot of things I didn’t know from you.  I understand a lot of things from the beautiful speech you give us. and answering my question yesterday changed my understanding of the industry. and what I need to know ahead of time. thank you so much. I wish I could hug you but I can’t.thank you for your time yesterday. I pray God continues to bless and guide you in your life.”

Robert D.

Thank you again for taking the time to talk with us yesterday especially on your birthday no less, it was very helpful and informative.  Its also a relief to know that even in the “cut throat film industry ” there are still genuinely good people to both learn from, get to know and work with. I hope you had a great birthday and I hope I can work with you in the future.

Gabriela T.

What I learned from this Q&A was that we need and can start to create from our passions and also that being a good and communicative person is more than valuable. I would describe all of this as ” to do ”  ” relationships”  ” kindness” and “dreams”.”

Arthur R.

“This was a very fascinating conversation. I was amazed at Lambert’s energy and desire to see others – like us attendees – succeed by encouraging us to tap into our talents and make our dreams come to fruition. The biggest takeaway for me was the need to persuade people that you are worth their time in order to strike out a partnership and get your ideas into the real world. I was encouraged to pursue what I want even if I fail at the first opportunity. He mentioned that he chased someone for 6-8 months and he actually made that person a lot of money after they started working together. I thought that was a sign of how to make things happen in the entertainment industry. I won’t be letting my dreams get burnt now.”

Mac C.

I want to say thank you for coming in a zoom and talking with all of us. I learned a lot about the film industry and how to make connections and help others. I learned to never give up and to keep striving to be my best and to learn my strengths and weaknesses so I can work well with different people. Thank you so much for giving us your time and I hope you have an amazing birthday!”

Paul R.

“Brad, thank you so much for taking time away from your birthday to share with us. While I am a bit older than the target group, I really enjoyed the information you shared about pursuing dreams and never giving up. It is also heartening to hear that good people who want to help others just out of the kindness of their hearts still not only have a place, but a definite hope for success in this often cutthroat industry. Thanks again!”

Noah P.

“This really helped me get motivated to pursue my goals. I also got a lot of valuable tips from Brad about how to get my start in the industry.”

Justin A.

“My takeaway is that there will be times where you feel hopeless, depressed, or stuck and that is okay. It is your choice if you want to get out of it or not. Focus on the aspects to better yourself, whether it’s watching movies to get inspired or learning something new. Go all in.

Silvia A.

“Brad, your positivity and kindness is contagious. I will be applying the advice and insight you provided to my life as well. Thank you again! Cheers to another year of life. “

Garrett A.

“Thank you so much it was all so informative and I am so excited to work with film. I hope that someday I can work with big companies like Warner Bros and share my ideas with them and maybe you as well someday.”

Steven J.

“Thank you Brad, the information you shared this evening was very helpful, I really appreciate it, especially the fact that you spent your birthday ‘giving, when most folks would only be celebrating SELF, thanks again.”

Christopher R.

“Thank you so much Brad for sparking the motivation I needed to pursue my dreams! It was one of the most genuine and memorable conversations, and I want to thank everyone that was a part of it! Once again, a big Thank you!”

Shea P.

Thank you so much for speaking with us; I personally learned so much! What you said about altering your mindset to focus on building relationships versus simply trying to get a job really stuck with me. I love meeting people and building meaningful friendships and relationships, and you provided further clarity on the subject. Once again, thank you for your time, and for sharing your knowledge on how to correctly navigate not only the industry but also relationships with others. I hope I get to work with you someday! “

Jerry J.

“Thank you very much Brad, for taking the time to speak with us. Thanks for being so humble. I had a super brutal time and I laughed a lot. That God continues to bring him a lot of health. Happy Birthday and I hope it repeats. And I hope one day to work together. Thank you again and Happy Birthday. You do a great job and above all you get my respect.”

Angel Z.

“I would like to wish Brad Lambert a happy birthday and to thank him for this meeting. What I liked was his determination to keep pushing forward. He taught that our ideas (what we love most) won’t get anywhere if we don’t make that push . Again I would like to thank him, and thank you for making this meeting possible “

Spencer N.

“I want to say thank you so incredibly much for the fun talk you gave! You’re so relatable and motivated and passionate; there’s so much you have to give to the world and you’re already doing so well with sharing that! I really hope we stay in touch. You seem like someone I’d love to get to talk with more about new films coming out and plenty of other fun stuff!! Happy birthday man you’re a blessing!”

Amanda A.

“I want to thank Brad Lambert for giving me excitement and hope for my decision of my future. Even though acting for film is something I know I want to do, I don’t know where to start or what I’m doing or if it’s worth it sometimes. Today I took away from him that I should really just start and go out and meet people. I should ask what I can do for them. I should explore. Most of all I loved how encouraging and real he was when he spoke about the group being the future.”