John Tarnoff, MA, Reinvention Career Coach

In school, I was fascinated by the intersection of business and creativity. Starting my career as a literary agent, I became a film studio production executive in the ’80s, working for companies including Warner Bros, Columbia, and MGM, supervising movies that now only Boomers remember: DINER, THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, and PINK FLOYD THE WALL (among others).

In the 1990s, I jumped into the emerging interactive market, producing CD-ROM games for MGM Interactive and Broderbund, and co-founding and running a tech startup during the DotCom bubble.

When the bubble burst, and my company with it, I ​went back to school to earn a MA in Spiritual Psychology and reinvented myself as an educator and career coach, returning to entertainment to found and manage DreamWorks Animation’s university outreach, onboarding and creative innovation training program. Since leaving DreamWorks in 2009, I have been co-running the Entertainment Industry Management graduate program for Carnegie Mellon University in Los Angeles.

In 2012, I launched the Boomer Reinvention® career coaching program to support late career baby boomers looking to start sustainable second act or encore careers beyond traditional retirement. To learn more about the methodology, read my book, “Boomer Reinvention: How to Create Your Dream Career after 50 ” (Reinvention Press, Los Angeles 2017).

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