I was on a plane this weekend headed back from Vegas. My wife and I were sitting next to a very lovely woman. We got to chatting and found out she was a professional host and model with a decent sized fan base. You might not know her name, but I’ll bet you’ve seen her face at least once in the past few years.
We talked the whole trip back and eventually the conversation turned to her career. “I’m so over modeling,” she said.
“Why?” I asked.
“I want to do something else,” she said. “Plus I’m sick of constantly traveling.”
That’s a pretty good reason. I’m sure it went deeper than that, but on the surface it was a common enough reason clients gave me for wanting a career change.
“What do you want to do?” I asked.
She replied to me without batting an eye. “I want to be Giuliana Rancic.”
For those that don’t know, Giuliana Rancic is a television host on E! who interviews celebrities and hosts shows. She’s kind of a big deal, but not a big enough deal that it’s completely unattainable, especially given this woman was a minor celebrity in her own right.
Of course, this led to the most famous question I ask people. “What are you doing to become her?”
She was tongue-tied. “Well, I’m going back to my commercial agent. They dropped me because I was traveling so much, but I’ll be able to book things really quick now that I’ll be in town more.”
“That’s great,” I replied. “But that’s what they are doing to help your career. What are you doing yourself to get from where you are to where you want to be?”
Another moment of silence. A long moment. She didn’t have an answer.
She’s not alone. That question stumps everybody. It is a problem common with my clients. They know they are done with their current career. Some even know what they want to do next. Nobody is doing anything to get from where they are to where they want to end up though.
Luckily, it’s a problem with a solution. There is a path to find the answers to move your career in the right direction.
And you need a path. Paths lead to action. Actions lead to results. Without dedicated and specific actions to get from point A to point B, you will never get where you want to go.
We’re going to go through in more detail exactly what I talked about with this woman on my podcast The Business of Art (www.thebusinessofart.us) this Friday.
If you want to hear me break down our conversation and the exact steps I told her to take, subscribe now and join me Friday for an in-depth look at our conversation. It’s time to get off the fence and move forward in the right direction.
Russell Nohelty is a writer, publisher, and consultant. He runs Wannabe Press (www.wannabepress.com) and host The Business of Art Podcast (www.thebusinessofart.us)