Tuesday, October 28, 2008

10 Reason Why Not to Get a Job in Hollywood

This one's personal...

"To be or not to be, that is the question". The question being whether to return to a full-time job is the best decision for me. I love having the freelance freedom of scheduling my day as I choose, however the work is not as consistent as I need it to be. But I'm not alone, everybody is feeling some economic strain in this country.

So recently after tossing another resume into an online bottomless job pit, I said to myself "computers don't hire people, people hire people! So what are YOU going to do? Blog about it? [Laughing as I type] Get the lead out your ass and start networking! Referral is how it's done in Hollywood and all over the world in fact! Just remember quality is what you seek in business, not quantity."

And while seeking recently, I stumbled upon a web post from personal development guru, Steve Pavlina, called 10 Reason You Should Never Get A Job. It has given me great insight into the kind of work I'm really looking for. Just click the title to read his article in full. Below are a few points that hit home with me the most:

  • Getting a job and trading your time for money may seem like a good idea. There’s only one problem with it. It’s stupid!...Because you only get paid when you’re working. ...Smart people build systems that generate income 24/7, especially passive income. This can include starting a business, building a web site, becoming an investor, or generating royalty income from creative work.
  • Employee income is the most heavily taxed there is..The tax system is designed to disguise how much you’re really giving up because some of those taxes are paid by your employer, and some are deducted from your paycheck..You only get paid a fraction of the real value you generate.
  • The idea that a job is the most secure way to generate income is just silly. Does putting yourself in a position where someone else can turn off all your income just by saying two words (”You’re fired”) sound like a safe and secure situation to you?
  • When you want to increase your income, do you have to sit up and beg your master for more money? Does it feel good to be thrown some extra Scooby Snacks now and then? Or are you free to decide how much you get paid without needing anyone’s permission but your own?If you have a business and one customer says “no” to you, you simply say “next.”
  • What’s the alternative to getting a job? The alternative is to remain happily jobless for life and to generate income through other means. Realize that you earn income by providing value — not time – so find a way to provide your best value to others, and charge a fair price for it.
So will I continue to pursue a traditional full time job? I'm undecided. I think what's most important is that I continue pursuing opportunities in general and stand firm to working smarter not harder. Eventually ideal opportunities will present themselves.


Anonymous said...

Personal.. true but this is one where.. you do what you think works.
Mostly the people popping that “build your own and don’t have a employer” sh!t had an opportunity handed to them or had such a safety net the could have done anything with no repercussions. Most of us have real bills and normal moms and dads who don’t have millions to bail our failed car rim shop bad ideas out.
True having an employer isn’t perfect but you know what, its not to bad. Sure we can all be fired and we can all be in a bad spot if the $ line gets cut.. but that’s no different from any one else. Our line just has a instant impact. Cause if I don’t get paid and more folks like me don’t get paid, then theres no one to rent your fancy passive income apartment property soft income generating things.. then you don’t get paid.. then when you don’t get paid.. the bank doesn’t get paid and when.. well, you see what im saying. Theres a reason movie ticket sales sucked and are declining. It’s a reason luxury item sales are down. Cause cash is tight. The only thing that is oddly on the increase.. is gun sales. (Cause we know the rob a n!&&a season is on when folks go broke.. someone JUST stole my car stereo last week.)
Having a full time job is a good thing but it isn’t the only thing. I say give it an honest without pride or a rich white guys influence. Sure warren buffet would say, “invest here and there.. its ok stocks are way down, there gonna come back up.” He can afford to wait! We cant.. to quote Nino Brown “the brothers cant wait to get paid!” Buffet can wait 224508 YEARS if his living expenses are 1000 dollars a day.. A DAY? at his current monetary status. His advice..and those like it.. need to be measured before followed.
I say stay where you are cause it works. If it doesn’t then modify it. But not cause some guy who made it said to, but because your smart enough to know when and what to change to and WHY.

jd_motownwest said...

Job - bad
Freedom - good
Money - better!

ellenoir1@aol.com said...

Thank you gentlemen for your views! I'm still on the fence but hey, different strokes for different folks when it comes to career and life choices.

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