IFC occupies a unique space in comedy and pop culture, thanks in large part to Caserta. Having transformed the brand from a small indie film network to a powerhouse that works with some of the biggest names in comedy, she’s focused on taking it to the next level. Building on a portfolio that includes “Portlandia” and “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” she oversaw additions this year including “Documentary Now!,” created and executive produced by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers and starring Armisen and Hader; and the net’s first ensemble series, hockey comedy “Benders.” An active mentor, Caserta notes, “I’ll never forget the very busy executives who gave me the gift of time and advice as I was coming up in my career.”
What’s the most important aspect of mentoring?
It’s important to me that I “give back.” I’ll never forget the very busy executives who gave me the gift of time and advice as I was coming up in my career. It is difficult with all of our demands but to be an effective mentor we need to be able dedicate the time and attention necessary to make it valuable for the person on the receiving end.
Best trick for maintaining the personal-professional life balance?
I try to rely on my instincts. When it feels right–and necessary–to tip the scales into my work I do it and rely on the great support system at home. The same is true for personal and family time and relying on strong team members at work. It also helps to cut yourself a break and not allow guilt to seep in. Take a beat, reassess and do your best to create some head space.
Your favorite trick for unwinding?
My New Year’s resolution was to study Transcendental Meditation. I try to practice for 20 minutes on the train ride to and from work every day. It’s a bright spot on a long commute and I enjoy the discipline and clarity it’s provided me.