Ah, the stage and screen. Having had the opportunity to meet a couple of well-known entertainers from years gone by and discuss how they became successful was an insightful experience. What I learned was the importance of perseverance and the cultivation of your craft, be it acting or business or another creative endeavor. Needless to say, a positive attitude was very helpful and part of their success.
At a conference, I met a well-known character actress who was starring in a sitcom. When I asked how she became so successful she laughed. We sat down and began talking. She talked about how in NYC she was a member of a small group of actors and actresses who first starting out would meet once a week and talk about shows, auditions, etc. The purpose of the meeting was to affirm each as a success in the industry and in high demand. Some got roles on B’way, a commercial, a cameo or role in a series on television. All through their meetings never was there any talk of not making it, the focus was on success. They continued to meet until some moved to Hollywood or became a mainstay on B’way. Always in contact theycredited how important and supportive their weekly meetings were in getting them jobs and notoriety. What was their secret? It was coming together as a group and affirming their success, each affirming for everyone their success in the business. Never doubting that they would be successful.
I had the opportunity to know, for a number of years, a successful business woman. During the Depression when she or another family member was in need of a job they all went to a well-known, albeit expensive, restaurant and celebrated that the one who wanted the job had obtained it. The next day or two sure enough they got the job.
During my life I have been graced with opportunities to meet and know a variety of well-known figures, they were humble and never bragged. Each was successful in their own right. Some came up the ladder, others from prominent families who made it on their own. Their desire was not only to be successful but to give to others and see them succeed.
If you or someone you know is going though a tough time suggest coming together and affirm the goal of success in whatever is needed; somehow and someway it will come to pass. Always know for yourself your success in life and in the field you have chosen. Life will always honor you at your own valuation.
Shakespeare wrote, and I paraphrase, All the world is a stage and all the men and women merely players… Well, begin acting the part of a successful individual. You never know who you will meet or the opportunities that will be presented. If you believe in you so will others.
Ok people, quiet on the set. Action.
Enter stage right,
Exit Stage Left. In memory of Moki, Lucille, Bob, D.K. and all I knew in front and back of the camera. In memory of Frances and Millicent, two wonderful and forthright women.