Ryan Serhant is a figure of some note in the world of real estate. In part, this is because he heads up a real estate team that sells hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of real estate properties on an annual basis. However, it should also be noted that he is one of the three real estate professionals who has been featured on Million Dollar Listing New Yorksince the first season in 2012. As a result, Serhant isn't just an important real estate professional, he is also known for being so to a lot of people out there.
With that said, it is interesting to note that Serhant was a struggling actor when he headed to New York City. Said career choice didn't work out for him, but one of his pictures secured him a call from an agent who offered him a job as a hand model for AT&T. This resulted in Serhant's involvement in a ad campaign in which different people had their hands painted to look like different countries, which resulted in more jobs for him as a hand model.
How Did Ryan Serhant Become a Success in the World of Real Estate?
Eventually, Serhant became involved in real estate because he wanted something more than a survival job, meaning a job that aspiring actors do for the purpose of sustaining themselves while continuing to pursue their dream career. Serhant knew a lot of actors who were in their 50s but still doing survival jobs, meaning that he wasn't pleased by the thought of falling onto a similar path. However, the moment that provided him with the real impetus to become involved in real estate was when he had his debit card declined while attempting to buy a pack of tofu at a Food Emporium, which was the moment that convinced him that he would be willing to go to great lengths to get away from it as far as possible as fast as possible.
Serhant got his real estate license because of a recommendation from one of his friends. As a result, he got involved in real estate at around the time that Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy in 2008. For a lot of real estate professionals, that was a very bad time for them because there was a huge amount of uncertainty. However, Serhant was desperate enough that he was willing to go talk to complete and utter strangers about real estate opportunities, which wasn't something that he was born with but rather something that he had to instill in himself through the repeated application of time and effort.
Eventually, Serhant decided to if he was going to do well in real estate, he was going to need some kind of competitive edge relative to other real estate professionals. He couldn't match them in their confidence because that was built up over the course of years and years doing real estate. Never mind the fact that Serhant had serious confidence skills when he started out. However, what Serhant could do and did do was use the memorization skills that he had picked up as an actor to memorize as much as possible about the buildings that he showed people, thus establishing himself as a knowledgeable figure. Over time, Serhant became more and more successful in the world of real estate, though it is interesting to note that this didn't happen so much because he wanted to become a huge success in real estate but rather because he continued to pursue success without giving much thought to where he was going in his career.
Later on, this led to Serhant auditioning for Million Dollar Listing New York. There, he was able to project an image of utmost confidence, so much so that he outright stated that he was the best real estate agent in New York City when he was asked the question. Certainly, Serhant knew that it wasn't necessarily true, but at the same time, he recognized that it wasn't necessarily untrue because of the nature of the job involves a great deal of PR. Amusingly, while there is plenty of room for debate about Serhant's exact ranking in New York City's real estate market even in the present, there can be no doubt about the fact that he has used his TV fame to provide his real estate career with a further boost.
Written by Garrett Parker
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