Interview With Gretchen Berg
Not many people that migrate to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry make it. It is a long, often winding road that contains many ups and downs. People regularly quit after spending years trying to break into the industry. However, there are a few hard working and talented individuals who make it and become the success stories that inspire other writers to make the move out west. Gretchen Berg is one of those success stories. As a young child, she knew that she wanted to be a writer. During her childhood, she would spend hours daydreaming and creating characters and their backstories. Those hours spent creating these worlds and these characters would eventually lead her to her passion in life, her career as a writer and producer.
Gretchen Berg had the good fortune to get connected with her old classmate early during her days living in Los Angeles trying to break into the industry. When Aaron Harberts moved to Los Angeles after he graduated, his housing fell through and he needed a place to live. Enter Gretchen, and she offered him a place to stay. The two bonded as friends but also as creative partners. This pairing has led both of them to work on some of the most well loved shows on television. Her career blossomed since those early days and this multi-faceted writer has way more in store for the future. So what makes Gretchen so driven? Read on to find out more about the dynamic Hollywood writer and producer.
What motivates you every day? I love writing. I feel lucky that I get to do this for a living. It doesn't feel like a chore.
What is your favorite thing about working in your industry? I'm blown away by the fact that you get paid for using your imagination. And collaborating with other people who are using their imagination. I feel very fortunate.
What is one piece of advice that you would give to other writers looking to break into the industry? Write every day-- it doesn't matter if you are getting paid. If you write every day, you get to call yourself a writer.
Describe your typical day? When we're (Her writing and producing partner, Aaron Harberts) developing shows, our days are spent looking at books and other source material. We are doing a lot of research. Also taking meetings and formulating pitches. If we're writers on a staff, every day is different, but that entails being in the writer's room and breaking stories. Also producing on set and meeting with the production heads. There is no set routine, every day and project is different. The variety of the gig makes it nice.
What is something that people would be surprised to learn about you? I sample all of Aaron's friend's birthday cakes. I also feed the neighborhood squirrels walnuts out of my hand.
What's the last thing you watched on TV or in the movie theater and why did you choose to watch it? The Other Two. I was expecting to watch a light, half-hour comedy, but loved the complex relationships. There is a lot of love in it-- it's a show about a family that is sweet to each other and is hysterical.
What is your definition of success? Being happy and grateful.
About Gretchen Berg
Gretchen Berg was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Berg had a knack for storytelling as a child and was often found daydreaming even while playing with peers. In high school, she was heavily involved in drama classes allowing her a first-hand view into the world of storytelling, acting, and reading and exposure to scripts. Berg's young imagination continued to blossom into adulthood and led her to a successful career in writing and entertainment.
Berg attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. During her time at college, Gretchen Berg met Aaron Harberts during a media creative writing program. Little did the two know, a few years down the road, Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts would reconnect and establish themselves in Hollywood as a successful creative writing team, producers, and associate producers. The two individual talents would combine one of Hollywood's most well-known writing teams.
Berg and Harberts were a couple years apart at Northwestern University, but their time getting to know one another would come in handy when they reconnected post-college in Los Angeles. Due to a housing situation that fell through when Harberts moved to LA, Berg offered him a place to sleep. Through chance or destiny, Berg turned to Harberts for writing advice, and the two quickly learned that they worked well and creatively together. So naturally, two driven people, new to the LA scene, combined their natural flow and talents to write a script together. While no one ever really saw the original script they made together, they knew they had the right chemistry to work together and be successful.
Berg and Harberts first worked on Beverly Hills 90210, and this is when they put their mark on the entertainment world as engaging and serious writers. They were hired as staff writers as the show Beverly Hills 90210 captivated audiences across America. Viewers lived vicariously through the world of Beverly Hills privilege and drama.
After 90210, Berg and Harberts were hired to work on the show Roswell. Over the running time of the show, the team served as producers, co-producers, and writers. Berg and Harberts made an impression among the Hollywood smart set after the success of this show. In true Berg and Harberts style, the two continued on to their next creative project. After Roswell, the duo began working on the show Wonderfalls as both writers and producers. As they were busy writing and working on Wonderfalls, they began to work on another show, Pushing Daisies. The duo worked on Pushing Daisies for a year and then worked on the show Mercy.
Gretchn Berg and Aaron Harberts worked as the executive producers for the show Revenge from 2013-2015. Revenge was a hit and had a large following. The show is captivating as it gives a look into the life of the Hamptons wealth, beauty, and status, combined with a dark twist of...you've guessed it, revenge for wrongs of the past.
Berg and Harberts have established their craft in the Hollywood realm as diverse writers and producers. They have worked on a wide variety of shows including sci-fi, teen dramas, comedies, and everything in-between.
Gretchen Berg currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and is a season ticket holder. Berg was heavily influenced by the shows Remington Steele and The Monkees. With a little hard work, serendipity, creativity, and the right vision, this writing team was born. This duo had a grass-roots fashion of starting their career in an extraordinarily competitive industry. Creativity thrives on innovation - and when two people with different creative visions come together, something truly special can be created.
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