I’ve seen many people handed the opportunities I wanted. And I’ve seen most of them fail.
My father used to say to me “If you are grateful to God for every job you have, if you honor that gift by working hard no matter what the job is and if you have common sense, you will be better than 98% of the work force.”
Boy, was he right.
The reason some people were given the opportunities in show business that I wanted was because they knew somebody more important than I did. Their Uncle was the VP of something or their Dad golfs with the Director of Programming or whatever. The point is, they knew the right people at the right time and were given an opportunity to make their mark.
Most of them failed miserably, because who you know doesn’t = what you know.
God has given each of us our own unique talents. Even people with the same talent (i.e, writing) use that talent differently because of the factors that helped shape them into the people they are today (family, faith, interests).
If you work hard, if you honor that gift by nuturing that talent, developing that talent, giving it depth and substance that only you can provide, then when you get an opportunity, you’ll be able to show that God-given gift to the rest of the world.
True talent is a rare thing. Find out what your talent is and seize it.
Some talents are more tangible, like wood working or painting. Others are more cerebral, like being organized or able to evaluate problems quickly. Even others are more earthy, like being nurturing or able to communicate and teach.
The point is, as St. Paul says in the Bible, we are each members of the Body of Christ and each bring something different to the mix.
If you want to work in show business, you can do that in a million different ways. You can perform or write or direct or cook meals or make costumes or do make-up or light or handle audio or edit or manage the finances or book the travel or schedule production or determine which show to produce and so on.
Every talent that God gives us can be used in show business. If you recognize your unique talent and develop it and work hard, when you get the opportunity you’ll be able to take advantage of it.
Think how different Hollywood would be if everyone working in the business was using their talents to praise God…
Next time… Nice People Can Finish First