MPS Repeat: Look to the Stars if You’re in Need of Reinvention

EMMY AWARDSThe 61st Emmy Awards (congrats “Mad Men” and Neil Patrick Harris!) got me reflecting on a past post about reinvention. Many successful reinventions were present on the red carpet last night: Glenn Close, Alyson Hannigan, Anna Paquin, Chloe Sevigny…and even Neil Patrick Harris. All have created second acts for themselves on the small screen. So why can’t we create our own second acts?

I thought I’d repost that old entry. Hopefully, the three tips I’ve gleaned from celebrity reinvention will help jump-start your job search this week!


I’m going to comment on my own post from yesterday about television upfronts, cancellations and actors getting the pink slip.

Just want to say that although we may experience twinges of Schadenfreude when it comes to the “out of work actor”, these folks in entertainment are genius at reinvention and will always come up with solutions for survival.  We should look to them for inspiration.

TV pilot doesn’t get picked up? Movie roles not coming in? Well, write a book! Make an exercise video! Host a reality show! Create a handbag/jewelry/clothing/lingerie line. It all brings in the $$$. Granted, these are celebrity solutions, but your own “exercise video” is out there.

So, if you’re looking for a little reinvention, embrace these three tips I’ve learned from the stars. They could be very helpful to you in times of recession and unemployment:

  1. Act the part. No matter how bad the situation is, keep your chin up, smile and act confident. Nothing’s going to lick you! And as Scarlett O’Hara famously said, “Tomorrow is another day”
  2. Create a dream team. Just like celebs have publicists, agents, managers, stylists, life coaches, etc., you should take their lead and put together your own support team. Call on friends who are great at networking, self-promotion, organization, brainstorming and image. Most importantly, enlist spiritual friends and others you can lean on psychologically and emotionally
  3. Get creative. Leverage your other talents and interests. Believe me, you have them, and God gave them to you to use! Maybe this is the time to uncover your photography interests, your desire to give back through non-profits, your dormant creative writing ability, whatever. Try something new! You might find you’re good at it; and, it could help bring in the dough

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