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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Books as inspiration


I was watching the special features of the movie “Notes on a Scandal” and learned that Cate Blanchett got cast in the film after having read the book years before and approaching the adapting screenwriter, Patrick Marber, about playing the lead role. What I loved about learning this was the fact that Cate was proactive in finding work at she was passionate about. Now, she did reveal that she happened to be friends with Patrick - their kids had play dates together. But moreover, she spent time reading and expanding her world view, and ended up playing a role that garnered her an Oscar nomination (she really was brilliant.)

So, go out and read books. Visit museums. Travel. See movies. Talk to those who are older than you about their experiences. You never know when you can use that information to forward your career in the future.

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