Reading the articles on some people lately who have become successful in their careers, I noticed the common thread of all of them was their passion for what they did and believed in. They would not stop until they reached their goals. It didn’t matter if the job market was slow or there were too many doing what they loved best, they just forged ahead with focus and kept going, until they achieved their dreams.
Success is not built overnight and everyone I mean everyone has had setbacks. It is how you deal with these hurdles that make you stronger and better positioned to succeed. The common element for success is tenacity and learning from your mistakes.
Personally, it has been five years since I had an original idea for a reality show and met with the tony L.A. talent agency, CAA. They loathed all of my ideas and almost kicked me out of the conference room when I inadvertently touched the arm of one of the executive’s! Also, my original partnership in packaging shows was a nightmare of false starts and mis-communication that ended badly.
Yet, I kept on developing new shows, shooting video, working with new partners, meeting with TV stations and networking. This has lead to one of my shows being a finalist in the New York TV Film Festival in 2012 and to selling my first documentary in the UK this year. My success took five years and I can’t tell you how many times, I almost just gave up my dream.
I was just so tired of rejection and had lost all my creativity, not to mention making no money for my efforts. My dream was quickly fading as to what I really wanted to do which was to make documentaries and create lifestyle docu-series. I credit my husband who told me not to give up. I was lucky I had him by my side when I almost walked away from my dream.
Not everyone has such a supportive friend, so for those of you reading this article, I will be your cheerleader. I will be your friend and supporter of your dream, for your dream is what leads to a more successful life and career. Do what you love and the money will follow! Ask any of your successful friends if they agree.
Keep focused and don’t let anyone distract you from what you truly want in life. That is the key to success. My contact at CAA would be proud to know that I finally sold a show I believed in. He said, “He knew I would. Maybe not with him, but somewhere.” He was right.