Work and Money
How She Went From Working At An Airline To A-List Hollywood Producer
Recently I had the great pleasure of having a couple of conversations with producer Amanda Kay Price, aka Mandi. As a woman of color in the entertainment business myself, I found that we shared the desire to not only personally succeed in bringing diverse stories to the screen, but we are also actively working to create more diversity behind the scenes as well.
Mandi started out in postproduction at a news station in her hometown of Spokane, Washington, but quickly realized that the salary was not going to pay off her student loans. She ended up getting a job with an airline, which afforded her the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles often, thus giving potential employers the illusion that she lived in town. Eventually, one of her coffee meetings resulted in a job offer — and the rest is history in the making.
Through perseverance, ingenuity, and determination, Mandi climbed the ranks and is now one of the most sought-after producers in her field. She’s worked with Lena Waithe on Boomerang, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon on Little Fires Everywhere, and is now working on an upcoming Netflix offering Archive 81 (prepare to be scared in 2022!).
However, it’s not just career success that makes Mandi one of our Inspiring Women. She is also a sexual assault survivor and a cancer warrior who views a “never give up spirit” as an homage to friends who passed too soon.
As my Nana would often say, “Tomorrow isn’t promised” for any of us, and Mandi Price is an excellent example of a woman who is making the most of today. I hope you’ll enjoy our talk, along with the other installments in our Inspiring Women Series.