Showing Up – The Key to Building Your Resume

August 25th, 2010

What has always been so interesting to me, is listening to the stories of people who are middle-aged and older, discuss how they have achieved their success. It never fails that there was always some choice tidbit that I would part away with. At present, I am not part of those middle-aged persons whom I fondly listened to and as I look back on the years I realized that I have a lot of things to share than can be of help to those who are still beginning their careers and building their resume in the entertainment business. It does not matter what your dreams are; whether you desire to be a successful actor, director, producer, writer, agent or any one of the many other positions that exist in this business, this is true for everyone. I labelled this theory the “showing up” theory. It is not hard to do and it’s effective most of the time.

If you reside near a large city (especially if it’s Los Angeles or New York) then you know that there are many meet-ups, industry mixers and networking opportunities; thus, having a resume ready is vital. You will notice that your business card collection and your address book starts to fill whenever you attend those kind of meetings. If you are smart and keep in touch with those who you’ve met, then your circle of business associates is ever-growing and therefore your opportunities for success have widened. Nevertheless, how can you place yourself in such scenario? Well, you can put yourself in that kind of position by using the principle of “showing up”.

The Showing Up principle is by far, one of the most overlooked tidbits of wisdom. Take the Friends sitcom for example, I am sure you are very familiar with this sitcom. Nevertheless, are you aware of how this theory helped on of the cast in this sitcom?

The story goes like this, there was an extra who got tired of working small time acting jobs, but despite this he still decided to show up for work one more time. The days were getting very long for this person, but he adored the work and figured he’d show up just once more. That day transformed his life. While he was at the back room the director of “Friends” started searching for someone who knows how to operate a cappuccino and machine, this extra raised his hand despite the fact that he actually has no idea how to use the device and he became part of the scene. This extra then got the title role of Gunther, the owner of the famous coffee shop in “Friends” and became a regular character in the show. Just what did he do? He showed up.

The theory of Showing Up is the kind of theory anybody can use, anytime and anywhere. It is pertinent that you stay near to people that are already prosperous in the line of work you are following. Attend classes, events, film conventions and premieres with your resume in hand whenever is possible. It has usually proven out even in my personal life. Who knows, may be your life will transform just because you showed up.

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