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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

What Do You Do After You Win Three Emmys?

Here's an idea: You can take on a supporting role in "Spring Break Shark Attack"!

I recently watched Spring Break Shark Attack on the Sci-Fi channel. I know what you're thinking, but hear me out: Jaws is my favorite movie EVER. Take the Jaws premise and throw in a bunch of women in bikinis and you have a recipe for cinematic gold!

Ok, maybe not; it was a pretty awful movie.

BUT, I noticed something interesting. The mother of one of the characters was played by Kathy Baker. I thought she looked familiar so I looked her up on IMDB. Turns out, Kathy Baker was not only on Picket Fences, but won three Emmys for her work on that show.

In case you missed it, A THREE TIME EMMY WINNER WAS ACTING IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN SPRING BREAK SHARK ATTACK!!

Three Emmys, and this is the kind of work she's getting.

The Lesson: Past success is no guarantee of future success, and you can never ever coast. I'm not saying Kathy Baker coasted, and maybe she made a career decision that this is what she wanted to to do (if so, wow - that's awesome. She should act in more "Spring Break" Themed movies. "Spring Break on Friday the 13th," "Spring Break For Old Men," "Slumdog Spring Break," "Spring Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo," etc.)

Many of us are hoping to "make it" someday where we can stop doing all this hard work like sales, marketing, admin, etc. That someday never comes! It may get easier, you may be able to outsource, but you can never ever stop. Assuming that the success you have now will continue is stupid (and basically is one of the causes of the current financial crisis). You must actively work to keep your success coming.

If you don't, you might get eaten by a shark. Or worse: Co-star with Brian Brown in a movie that is not F/X...

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