Actress, singer and mogul, Jennifer Lopez, sat down with LinkedIn Editor in Chief, Daniel Roth where she spoke about her business moves, hiring practices and career trajectory in promotion of her new film, Second Act.
In the movie Lopez plays Maya, a woman who is given a second chance to fulfil her career dreams. When asked about her motives for choosing this role, Lopez explained that she identifies with some of the character’s struggles. “There’s a time in all of our lives where we want to get ahead, where we have an ambition, where we want to do more, where we want to succeed further,” she said. “Sometimes we hit a wall and we don’t know how to get past it. Hopefully you get to the point where you realise the only thing stopping you is you, and you can break through any barrier. But sometimes, that’s a long road, that’s a hard journey.”
One of the reasons why Maya lacks confidence is because she never went to university, but Lopez admits that as a businesswoman who simultaneously juggles multiple projects, she doesn’t go out of her way to seek out candidates with degrees when hiring. “It’s great if somebody has an amazing education, but I know from my own experience and my own life, and other people that I work with, that you don’t have to have a degree to have value, or to be of tremendous worth to different businesses.”
When asked about overcoming her own career mistakes, she said: “I look at them now and I think, ‘you really just ploughed through those’, you know? That’s the thing – you can’t stop, you have to keep on going. Failure is not falling down and making a mistake, or choosing the wrong movie, or doing the wrong thing at the wrong time, it’s stopping. Stopping is the failure. Not continuing forwards is the failure, not keeping going. All you can do is know where you want to go and take steps every single day in that direction.”
Watch the full interview here.