Spend an Evening With Erin Brockovich…
By Jessica Sitomer
Do you find yourself wondering, “What is going on in the world?” I don’t like to talk about politics, the economy, global warming, or potential union strikes, but seriously—what is going on? Our industry is challenging enough! Have you been having the ‘hard’ conversations lately? Have the seeds of doubt been starting to sprout?.…(click read more link for the rest of this article)
One of the reasons I’ve always been drawn to the entertainment industry is because movies take me away from all of that for at least ninety minutes. Movies can change my state from anxiety to motivation in two hours. For example, let’s examine Erin Brockovich’s situation based on her true life story. She is a single mom, struggling to make ends meet, working to create a better life for herself and her kids, trying to maintain a relationship, and— ultimately persevering for her cause! What experiences of hers can you relate to?
• She had hard choices to make.
• She took major risks.
• She made promises to people, praying she’d be able to keep them.
• She got hurt along the way.
• She hurt others along the way.
• She missed important moments in her kids’ lives.
• She sacrificed sleep, nourishment, and time with those she loved.
I bet if you watch the movie you’ll find many more commonalities. What makes the movie and the true story so motivating to me is the ending. Here was a woman with a vision and a cause greater than herself– so great in fact– that she sacrificed. She made hard choices that in the end were worth it to her and the families she helped. Will she ever get that time back with her kids? No. Has she created a better life for them and become an exceptional role model? I think so.
What can you do when the seeds of doubt start to sprout thinking about your future, your choices, your sacrifices? You can spend a night with Erin Brockovich (and the Oscar winning Julia Roberts) and when the movie is over you can take action…
Write a vision statement that includes:
1. Why you have chosen your career path
2. How your success will impact you and those you love
3. How your success will impact the world
Then, write out your tough choices and decide if your vision outweighs the sacrifices of pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.
Erin Brockovich is a shining example of PERSEVERANCE. The world will always present challenges to you, staying focused on your vision will help you persevere.
I answer an Entertainment Industry Coach question, daily at www.AndActionBook.blogspot.com