At just 26, Jaryd Hermann has a lot to be proud of when it comes to his career, but it’s been his ability to harness his self-awareness that’s really led to personal and professional break-throughs.
“My proudest moment was when I realised that I was in control of my work, interests and hobbies, and not the other way around. I struggled with obsessive behaviour, always pushing to get more done, check things off my agenda, or squeeze in another hour. And, if I fell short of my self-imposed obligations, I’d beat myself up about it. I found my best work, and the work I enjoyed most, came when I noticed my behaviour and thought patterns, and through lots of practice, liberated myself from this form of control I had put on myself.”
This shift in behaviour has accompanied the success of his company WECAST — a digital talent agency that links consumers and suppliers in the film industry, circumnavigating agency costs. Founded in 2018 and already doing exceptionally well, the company has expanded to New York, but the success has brought on some personal achievements for Hermann too: he is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, has spoken at the Microsoft offices and has written for the likes of Forbes, Inc. and GQ.
“Truly realising that nothing happens as you expect and that holding to expectations too long can be dangerous. I believed in myself as a founder and my business unequivocally and had a vision for what the path and end-state were going to be. Not one thing turned out that way, and that was a good thing. Things worked out, but in other ways that I would never have thought possible, and if I wasn’t flexible with my expectations, I’m certain I wouldn’t have been so lucky.”