Play Your Own Game

When I worked in Hollywood, I met an actor who could, literally, play any part.  He also had the “looks” to be a star.  He spent his time as a character actor in supporting parts.  He did get offers to go higher, but always refused the opportunity.

Why?  He played his own game.  As a character actor (and voice actor), he had more opportunities to explore his talents and sharpen his craft.  Being a star, he felt, would close those doors.

When it came to becoming a character, few could touch him.  I watched him develop a character for a cartoon project and was amazed at how quickly he got connected with the voice and personality of the character.  His transformation was almost instantaneous.

Being a character actor was a game he could play and play very well.  Being a “star” meant dealing with a completely different level of Hollywood politics and expectations.

We all do this.  Sometimes we adopt a personality to go along with the expectations of others.  In private we are completely different.  Its rare to create a business where who we are is expressed, almost without restriction, through what we do to make a living.

It’s a matter of finding our personal comfort zone and finding a way to stay within its protective bubble.

There was a local Seattle DJ who discovered that he could make a lot more money voicing commercials.  He could often sight read the copy and do two or three versions in less that fifteen minutes.  His fees and royalties provided a very comfortable living and on a healthier, more comfortable schedule. 

What is your game?  How well do you play it? 

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Changing Hamster Wheels

I suppose that headline needs some explanation.

We recently thought about moving away from our home in the Pacific Northwest.  The plan worked until, suddenly, the financing fell through.  Back to square one.

One of the goals for the move was to change the direction of my life.  I’ve been an employee most of my life in some capacity or another.  In fact, even at 72, I still go into work every day.  Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m on a Hamster wheel, doing the same thing everyday and hoping for a different result (the classic definition of insanity.)

When I got news that our financing fell through two things happened:

First, I decided that the next time we do this (which may be within a year), all our financing will be in order BEFORE we list our house.

Second, I decided to change Hamster wheels.  The difference is I own the wheel and I can control how fast I need to spin it.  The best way to make a fortune, or at least live comfortably) is to own the wheel.  I can add as many gears and spindles (products and services) as I want, as long as I can control the spin of the wheel.

As for the insanity of doing the same things over and over I agree, a lot of that will happen.  The outcome, however, will be different.  At some point I can sell the business (or just shut it down), put my feet up and enjoy the sunset (or Seattle overcast, depending on where I end up.)

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