The Hero’s Journey in Hollywood (Intro) By Peter de Kuster www.theherojourney.com Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. Katherine Hepburn “There is no such thing as the perfect career” That’s what many people think, and it’s sad because there are plenty of rewarding, challenging, and fulfilling career opportunities that allow creative people to use their gifts and be rewarded handsomely for their efforts. Those who settle for less than the best simply haven’t found the right job – yet. You can have it all when it comes to a creative career – if you know how. Katharine Hepburn knew. The fact is that most people hate their jobs. They would rather be doing something else – anything else. It doesn’t have to be that way. What if I told you that you would never have to work another day in your life? Would you be interested? When you find the right fit in a career, it no longer feels like work. You wake up every day, excited about how you earn your living.
This perfect harmonizing of your talents, skills, personality and work style creates a passion and a desire as well as a feeling of happiness that is worth more than gold. It can all be yours if you will read this travel guide of Hollywood and applies its principles. Finding happiness in your creative career is a lot like looking for treasure. Using a map, you embark on a journey, an adventure in search of yourself. The thing is, there is not a pot of gold waiting for you when you get to the spot marked “X” on the map. The buried treasure is within you. The pursuit of the gold (or the goal) is the reward. Because, when it comes to a career, there is no “there” there. It is all a search. Enjoying the search is what success is all about. This is the age of opportunity for the creative heroes and heroines. Innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship are gold. Ridicule, bureaucracy and tape are being replaced with respect and rewards for the clever and creative person. In Hollywood this trend has been around for decades and
is being followed all over the workplace. The work environment and market are changing, and they are changing for the better -‐ for you. Are you ready for these times ahead? This Commedia dell Arte travel guide of Hollywood will put you in the position to prosper. What parents, teachers and bosses might see as problem (sloppiness, habitual tardiness, short attention span, nonconformism) can actually be hidden assets in the search for work in a rewarding and interesting creative career. Intuition, emotion, divergent thinking, daydreaming, thriving on chaos, big picture thinking, cleverness, open-‐mindedness an an ability to play and have fun are virtues in the right setting. Even so, it’s not exactly easy to built a creative career. You have to be able to deal with lots of rejection. It is a part of everyday life for the creative person.
There is also that funny feeling that you don’t quite fit in – and you don’t. Thank God. An unconventional person with unconventional ideas, you are often seen as immature, temperamental, moody, difficult, distracted, irresponsible and irrational. The truth is, you can be your wonderful self and still get ahead in the business world – or work for yourself, as many creative people do. Whichever you choose, this travel guide will help you manage your career using a story (wholebrain) approach that takes advantage of the way you are, without forgetting the way the world works.