Matt Dines, C’06

Executive Vice President, Paramount Players at Paramount

Los Angeles, CA

Comparative Literature and Theory Major

I think one of the hardest things I’ve learned is that you can work as hard as possible, and you can kind of check all of the boxes, so to speak, and that doesn’t necessarily equate to success. Also, that success doesn’t necessarily equate to happiness, which I think is a big thing that people learn in their careers. That so much of success is opportunity, and timing, and luck, and good fortune, and surrounding yourself with really good people who love you, and who support you — because it’s not a solo mission, I think, at the end of the day.

I think in this business, especially, the ways to succeed are a little bit more amorphous than they may be in other jobs. So yes, you need to be working hard, and you need to be a good person first and foremost, but you also need to be lucky, and surround yourself with people who are also great so that it rubs off on you. — May 7, 2018 • Photo by Loraine Terrell