Business Tips from Movie Mogul Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry is known for his many movies, most of which he co-stars as an elderly black woman named Medea. But the actor, writer, director and producer has also learned a few things about entrepreneurship during his years in theater and film.

Perry, a native of Louisiana, got his start in the business by writing and performing plays. After years of successful tours of urban theaters, he moved into the world of film. Since his first movie was released—Diary of a Mad Black Woman, in 2005—he’s worked on 15 films as either writer, director, actor, producer or a combination of those.

Perry spoke to small business owners at an American Express-sponsored event in Chicago last week.

A few of his tips, as reported by the Chicago Tribune and NBC Chicago:

  • When someone does you wrong, learn from it.
  • Finish what you start.
  • Get on social media. It’s “used for a lot of foolishness, but in the right hands at the right time, it can change the world.”
  • Sign your own checks.

Perry has the authority to offer such advice: He was named the highest-paid man in Hollywood by Forbes in 2011.

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