Choosing the right role for you | 4 lessons from the Oscar's

Do you have an Oscar’s hangover? Last night, professionals from the film industry honored the best of the best in their different areas of talents, from makeup artists to directors. It was great to see Canadian Christopher Plummer finally win his first Oscar, at 82 years of age. The Academy Award’s were originated in 1929 by MGM Studio’s Louis B. Mayer, to help improve the relationship between the unions and the studios & to strengthen the image of the film industry.

The Oscar itself, is made of gold-plated britannium, weighs 8.5 lbs.& costs $500 to manufacture. During World War II, Oscar’s were made of plaster and later replaced with fine metals after the war. Over 6,000 members of The Academy vote for the winner in the 24 different categories. 


How does one win an Oscar? You need to choose the right role at the right time with the right team. How do you have success in your career? You need to choose the right role at the right time with the right team. Actor’s like you & I are on a professional journey. The best actors make the best choices.


This week I watched an interview with actress Michelle Williams. She has 3 Academy nomination’s for roles in Brokeback Mountain (2005), Blue Valentine (2010) & My Week with Marilyn (2011). Michelle shared how she decides to get involved with a project “My work is personal. I go to bed with the script & read it uninterrupted. The first time you read a script you get the most amount of information. When I finished the script from My Week with Marilyn, I knew that I wanted to do it. I’ve started to believe that you get the piece of material that you were ready for.”


I was struck by the intimacy of her statement. Michelle has developed a success strategy that serves her desire’s both personally & professionally. What about your success strategy? My advice in choosing your “Oscar” role?


1. Pay attention to the details, the role, your boss, team members & what is expected. 

2. Trust your gut first & foremost. Your head will follow.

3. Once you decide, stick to your decision.

4. Timing & “coincidence” may complete the story, you’re more ready than you think. Don’t ignore that.


Meryl Streep ended up winning the category that Michelle was nominated for. Michele has 14 more nominations to catch up to Meryl. Based upon her track record, she is well on her way.

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