Life as Screen Play
"Life as Screen Play"
By Patrick A. Horton / The Story Coach
We are each and every one of us storytellers of one kind or another in our own right, and increasingly story generators, consumers, and actors in ever so many unfolding plays – both in the media and on the stage of life. This is true whether in we are exploring and giving voice to experiences, desires, and insights already known or in finding our way through others recently encountered or newly imagined.
The historic and eternal reality is the life in our stories and the story of our lives have always been inextricably intertwined – albeit in ways often poorly understood or imperfectly defined.
The ever more pressing challenge is not only understanding and making better use of the ways each of these can inform and give form to one another in a world and industry increasingly defined by continuous change, but how to do so with purpose, persistence, and success in how we also choose and then proactively create and manifest the story of our lives. The more immediate question for you the reader is how you are and how you could be choosing and proactively creating the story of yours.
Much of this is covered in the book “Mastering The Power Of Story” nearing completion and seminars of the same name. However, there is much that can be put to immediate use already laid out in practical and experiential terms in the two books published by Jen Grisanti whom I have referenced in prior blogs.
The first book, “Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story” Jen addressed one side of the coin, i.e. finding the life in your stories by tapping your own deepest and most resonant truths to inform the work for its potential impact and power. It is an important book on its own because it not only conveys that you must tap and honor your own truth and what you care most about, but because it helps in getting there.
Your Map of Relationships and Hitlist: what they are and why you need them
"Your Map of Relationships and Hitlist: what they are and why you need them"
By Shawn Tolleson
You’ve all heard the phrase “in Hollywood, it’s who you know.” It’s said so much that it’s almost lost meaning, right?
Well, what it means is that the quality of your relationships, as well as the type of relationships you have, has a great deal of influence on your success.
So, how do you put this to work for you?
To start, first you need to know who you know. I like to call this your Map of Relationships. It’s great to make a list, or better yet put something on the wall, showing who you know and what they do. Having categories like producers, directors, casting directors, production managers, actors, etc. can be very instructive.
When you do this you can see who you actually know. If you’re an actor and you know mostly other actors and one or two casting directors, this can be a problem. Directors and producers are the people who will hire you, so you need to know more of them!
Often people say “I don’t know anybody” without having done this work. You might not know very many people, but you do need to know specifically who you do know so that you can build on those relationships. Most of the time, when my clients do this work they are stunned to see how many people they actually know.
Navigating a Changing Media and Changing World – PART THREE
"Navigating a Changing Media and Changing World- Part Three"
By Patrick A. Horton, PhD
Welcome to the third and final piece on navigating a changing media industry and a changing world.
We began in part one by observing the degrees and speed with which the media industry and worlds it serves are changing, along with some initial thoughts on the power and necessity of finding your own compass and voice in finding your way through and succeeding in this changing landscape.
We moved on in part two with brief but specific considerations of the first four of the Seven C’s of success (Confidence, Commitment, Contribution, and Craft) and some of their implications for suiting up and showing up as unstoppable, irresistible, and competent in the eyes of those you seek to work with, have guide you, and hire you.
We will add a similar consideration of the final three of the Seven C’s here (Courage, Community, and Collaboration), and wrap up with a few final thoughts on the cumulative power of everything thus far in helping you find your most fulfilling success and, relatedly, in making a difference that makes a difference.
What is a difference that makes a difference? In the big picture, it is leaving this world (and this industry) a little changed by and perhaps a little better for your having been a part of it and having moved through. On a more personal level, it is whatever best fulfills whatever brought you to the table to begin with and gives satisfaction and some kind of completion regardless of the twists and turns along the way.
Navigating a Changing Media and Changing World – PART TWO
"Navigating a Changing Media and Changing World- Part Two"
By Patrick A. Horton, PhD
We began part one of what is now a two-part series with the observation that to say that the media industry and worlds it serves are changing rapidly is a growing understatement.
With that in mind, we noted in part one that at any given time, you are challenged to deal with the industry simultaneously as it is, as it is becoming, and as it could be – which by any standard can be bewildering even for most accomplished of successful pros no matter what role you seek to play in it.
Most importantly, we noted that it is by divining and defining your own voice and compass that you will find your greatest fulfillment, satisfaction, and success – something that seems counter intuitive for many.
In this second installment, we will take a peek at what makes the latter true and offer several keys as to how to tap, assert, and exercise that power – once again, no matter what role you seek to play in it.
It largely comes down to becoming unstoppable, irresistible, and at least potentially competent in the eyes of those you seek to work with, hire you, and/or guide you - which itself comes down to mastering at least four of the seven C’s of success: Confidence, Commitment, Contribution, and Craft.
If you are among those who work with, hire, or guide others, you need to be able to recognize and nurture the same four C’s in those you seek to assist and rely upon.
Navigating a Changing Media and Changing World - PART ONE
"Navigating a Changing Media and Changing World- Part One"
By Patrick A. Horton, PhD
To say the media industry and worlds it serves are changing rapidly is a growing understatement.
What product gets made, how it gets distributed, and how we penetrate and engage profoundly changing audiences transforms daily – especially with the emerging technologies and expanding tentacles of new and transmedia reaching out into the world from the media industry proper and appearing everywhere.
And in a tsunami like mirror wave in return, the world at large is itself becoming as much a generator of story, media, and visions of change as it is a consumer of them. As a result, whole new worlds of unprecedented opportunities for expression, creativity, and actual work no one could have imagined even a few years ago are coming into relief for those who can see them.
What may be still more interesting to those paying attention are the ways these very changes are creating the urgent need if not the always obvious opportunities for ways that women in particular are especially well suited for navigating and ultimately guiding these transformations.
The challenges are how do you navigate all of this, especially if you are new, needing to reinvent yourself, or trying to survive or rally from some loss or tragedy in your life? The key question is what if anything is the key?The first part of the challenge is how to find your personal and collective compass to find your way through a world increasingly lacking in familiar boundaries and maps.
The second part of the challenge is how to you suit up, show up, and become unstoppable in an industry that was already challenging at best and seemingly kaleidoscopic in the midst of so much change.
It’s just temporary – this is not my real job!
“It’s just temporary – this is not my real job!”by David Couper
Have to pay the bills until you sell that script? Waiting for that project to get financed and then the lead is yours? Or maybe you’ve been laid off from your job in the business and are still looking, but your cash is low and the rent is due. You need a temporary, or a “survival” job.
In Los Angeles, survival jobs are common for many people, especially those in the entertainment industry, where they are more affectionately called "day jobs." The industry joke is that every restaurant waitperson has a script or a headshot in his or her back pocket, ready for that big break when Kathleen Kennedy is seated at their table.
But survival doesn't only have to mean food service. What is the secret to a good survival job? Here are five tips to help you thrive as you survive.1. Make as much as possible from doing as little as possible.
Harness your expertise to become a consultant. Work as a waiter, but do so in a high-end restaurant with big tips. If you went to a great school work as a tutor to kids whose parents also want them to get an Ivy League education.2. Look for a job with flexible hours.
You need flex time to pursue your art, go on auditions or write that next ten pages. 9-to-5 jobs are not good for that. Evening temp jobs such as word processing for legal firms, or working weekends at a call center provide you flexibility.