This is the Way: The Tradition of Apprenticeship & Mentors
Both on and off screen, Star Wars has much to teach us about the master-apprentice relationship and how the mentorship model can be a force for growth and change across all industries. Going through her experiences as a young Padawan on the hit series The Mandalorian, in this talk Bryce Dallas Howard shines a light on cultivating opportunities that prioritize training and collaboration. She’ll share valuable lessons about multigenerational and peer relationships in the workplace, the importance of mastery, and how to apply the principles of Star Wars to everyday work environments. Note: This talk has two versions, one for corporate audiences (mentors and executives) and another for college & university audiences (apprentices and early-career professionals).
Mothering Yourself (and other strategies for navigating life’s demands)
Being exposed to movie sets from a young age, multi-hyphenate creator Bryce Dallas Howard witnessed “what my dad does best: direct while simultaneously parent and parent while simultaneously direct; it’s one and the same for him.” But when it came to her own career and family, Howard experienced that all-too-familiar challenge of work-life balance – from battling postpartum depression, to at times a long-distance marriage, to juggling a demanding job.
Across generations, there is a growing need to balance relationships, work, and self – but the lack of systemic support and societal expectations hold us back. In this personal and heartfelt talk, Howard draws on three generations of family wisdom and reflects on the ups and downs of her career, marriage, and parenthood. With a fresh perspective, she asks us to consider: “How are you going to mother yourself today?” and offers practical strategies for nurturing ourselves in today’s quest for balance.
In Conversation with Bryce Dallas Howard
Hollywood actor and director Bryce Dallas Howard brings decades of experience in the entertainment industry to her insights about creativity and collaboration in all areas of life. In this uplifting moderated conversation, Howard breaks the myths around what “making it” looks like, shares empowering stories from her career as an artist, educator, and mentor, and talks about how to consistently pivot and thrive in industries that are constantly changing.
Hollywood multi-hyphenate Bryce Dallas Howard reveals the benefits of creating circular partnerships for mentors and apprentices
Renowned actor, director, writer, and producer BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD has spoken at the 2022 TED Conference, Harvard University, and SXSW – where her talk about creating circular partnerships made a major impact. Sharing takeaways about building confidence, cultivating mutually beneficial mentorship relationships, and a unique strategy for networking, Howard is sought-after as a keynote speaker in addition to teaching at NYU.
Howard, the Founder of Nine Muses Entertainment, is a passionate advocate for the tradition of apprenticeship – multigenerational working relationships in which early career professionals can learn the mastery that will make them irreplaceable assets. With lessons ranging from collaboration, to giving and receiving feedback, to learning how to learn, Howard’s motivational keynotes and conversations make for an unforgettable event.
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Bryce Dallas Howard is a multi-hyphenate creator – an actor, director, writer, and producer – whose decades of experience in the entertainment industry have provided her insights about creativity and collaboration in all areas of life. As an educator, Howard teaches the Nine Muses Lab as part of the faculty at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to her weekly lectures at NYU, she has spoken at the 2022 TED Conference, SXSW EDU 2020, Harvard University, DGA Awards, AFI Fest, and the Environmental Media Association Honors.
As an actor, Howard recently starred alongside Chris Pratt in Universal’s Jurassic World franchise and next stars in Matthew Vaughn’s spy thriller Argylle for Apple TV+ with Sam Rockwell, Henry Cavill, Catherine O’Hara, Samuel L. Jackson, Ariana DeBose, and Dua Lipa. In 2019, Howard starred in Paramount’s Rocketman, the critically acclaimed biopic about musical legend Elton John.
As a filmmaker, Howard directed episodes for all seasons of the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett. (Her behind-the-scenes work for the show is available on Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian). She also directed and produced the feature-length documentary DADS with Imagine Entertainment on AppleTV+ and is currently in post-production on her next feature-length documentary PETS for Disney+.
Last year, Howard lent her voice to the Star Wars character Yaddle in the animated Disney+ series Tales of the Jedi. In 2016, she starred in an episode of Netflix’s critically acclaimed series Black Mirror. Howard’s episode “Nosedive,” directed by Joe Wright, garnered her a 2017 SAG Award nomination in the category of “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series.” Other film credits include Disney’s Pete’s Dragon alongside Robert Redford; Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter with Matt Damon; 50/50 opposite Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Tate Taylor’s award-winning screen adaptation of The Help; The Twilight Saga: Eclipse; McG’s Terminator Salvation; Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3; M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady in the Water; and Lars von Trier’s Manderlay. Bryce made her film debut in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village opposite Joaquin Phoenix. She also received a 2008 Golden Globe nomination for her performance as Rosalind in HBO’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, written and directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Howard has directed for multiple campaigns such as Canon’s Project Imagin8ion, Moroccan Oil’s Inspired, Vanity Fair’s Decades Series, Glamour Magazine’s Reel Moments, the 2021 Super Bowl spot for Shift4 and SpaceX, and most recently Volkswagen’s Break Free spot. Additionally, Howard directed the MTV Supervideo for M83’s “Claudia Lewis,” Sony and Lifetime’s Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (Lucy), and the short film Solemates, in conjunction with Canon, which screened at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. She has received numerous accolades for her directing work, including being shortlisted for an Oscar in 2012 for her half hour film When You Find Me. Howard also produced the Sony Classics film Restless with director Gus Van Sant. Restless was featured as part of the 2011 Toronto Film Festival and opened the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard selection.
Leaving the Tisch School of the Arts program at New York University to perform on the New York stage, Howard starred in Roundabout’s Broadway production of Tartuffe, The Public Theatre’s As You Like It, Manhattan Theater Club’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s House/Garden, and in Bay Street Theater Festival’s production of Our Town. Howard is the founder of Nine Muses Entertainment.