If it’s one thing I cannot stand, it’s people who have “made it”, whether it be as a writer, an actor, director – whatever – who just don’t really seem to understand how lucky they truly are. I believe there are countless talented people out there in Wannabeland who may never make it simply because they didn’t meet the right person. They didn’t get that one lucky break and they spent their lives in obscurity.
If you got your lucky break, you better be grateful every damn day of your life for it.
Betty White has been quoted as saying she’s the “luckiest broad on two feet”. This after more than six decades of being a successful actress. She gets it. She’s worked incredibly hard over the years and she’s one of the most talented actresses to come along. Ever. She’s a pioneer in television. After more than sixty years of being a successful actress, I get the feeling she still doesn’t take any of it for granted.
Even if you are extraordinarily talented, you better be grateful every day for it. You were born that way. Don’t take credit for it.
Stephen King said “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
Take credit instead for the hard work you’ve put into making your dream come true.
As a hardworking Wannabe, I have little patience for people who don’t seem to appreciate their own success. Consider these examples:
A well-known, beautiful, young actress made fun of her co-stars for studying their lines so seriously while filming a certain summer blockbuster. Sure, the film was not exactly an Oscar contender, but it was her job and it was an incredible opportunity. I can’t help but wonder – if this woman didn’t bother bringing her A game to film a multi-million dollar movie, why did she get this opportunity and not a dedicated, passionate actress?
Another young actress on a well-known “wholesome” television show once deliberately appeared semi-nude in a magazine in order to shed her “good girl” image and get out of her contract. This is doubly infuriating. Not only did she throw away an opportunity that so many others would love to have, she apparently had no consideration for any of the cast and crew of this hit show. It was a great opportunity for their careers as well.
It honestly doesn’t bother me too much when I hear that someone finds success quickly. Sure, sometimes it’s hard to think about someone selling their first script right away, publishing their first novel within a year of writing it, or having their very first acting role be a national commercial. But hey, as long as it’s your dream, I wish you well! Be grateful for your success and try to enjoy every moment.
It’s the people who succeed that don’t seem to even really want it in the first place that I find incredibly annoying.
On the other hand:
This was Shia LaBeouf’s response when the one and only Steven Spielberg asked him to be in the new Indiana Jones movie a few years ago:
“I don’t think I talked for five minutes. I had to get up and pace his office. I was freaking out. I’m speechless. I want to cry. I’m having a panic attack, and I’m sweaty. My heartbeat…you can even ask Steven. He finally said, ‘I guess that means yes.’ “
EW Indiana Jones 4 Q & A: Shia LaBeouf
Oh, yeah. He gets it.
The Indiana Jones movies are legendary. To be asked to be a part of that historic movie franchise is an unbelievable opportunity. I’m so glad that part didn’t go to some young kid who had never even seen the original films…An opportunity like that is just a one in a million shot. That would be like me being asked to write a Back to the Future sequel!
But that’s kind of a trick question – a Back to the Future sequel would be blasphemous and let us never speak of it again…
Shia even went a step further and admitted that the film was, to many, a disappointment.
“I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished. You get to monkey-swinging and things like that and you can blame it on the writer and you can blame it on Steven [Spielberg]. But the actor’s job is to make it come alive and make it work and I couldn’t do it. So that’s my fault. Simple.”
Shia LaBeouf on Indiana Jones 4
It’s nice to know that there are successful former Wannabes out there that appreciate the gift of success that they’ve been given. There are celebrities who take their work seriously and don’t take it for granted. Personally, I didn’t think the new Indy movie was so bad. It wasn’t until the very end – you know the part I’m talking about – that I kind of hung my head and thought “Aaaaaand they took it too far….”. I thought the rest was kinda fun.
I think Shia had more to apologize for when it comes to the second Transformers movie.
And he did apologize….
Shia LaBeouf apologizes for Transformers 2
Nice to know there are successful artists out there who take their craft seriously. So to all you successful people out there, try not to take it for granted. Even if it did come to you easily, there’s no guarantee that you will be able to hold onto it.
Unless you’re Betty White.