Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Breakdown of "Most Attractive" Occupations

Yesterday was only the second consecutive day I worked on my resume and tried job searching. (Noticed I said consecutive.) I also started my own account on Monster.com, as a way to get my resume out to potential employers. What needs to be done, as first order of business, is for me to finish my resume (I'll be speaking with a professor about it tomorrow morning), thereby making the job search aspect a little better. (I don't know, to be honest.)

However, the objective part of my resumer isn't really definite. I have only three words listed in my rough draft: writer, newspaper, and website. I know that I want to get a job and/or make a living as a writer; maybe for a newspaper or a website, I don't know.

I recalled my notes from Carol Eikleberry's "The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People" about making a list of occupations I find "most attractive" (pp. 67). In the categories of Writer, Director, and Performer, for instance, I marked the following (I think) "most attractive" occupations, as can be found in the back of Eikleberry's text. (I almost feel like Chris Farley's Bennett Brower as I emphasis/quote.)

WRITER: Biographer, Columnist/Commentator, Continuity Writer, Critic, Crossword-Puzzle Maker, Librettist, Playwright, Poet, Reader (story analyst), Screenwriter, and Writer-Prose, Fiction, and Nonfiction.

DIRECTOR: Creative Director, Cue selector, Motion Picture Director, Stage Director, Book Editor, and Dictionary Editor.

PERFORMER: Actor, Announcer, Dancer, Double, Impersonator, Narrator, Singer, and Storyteller.

The following is a current breakdown number of said occupations from the above lists, under the WRITER and PERFORMER categories. DIRECTOR, I'm unsure.

WRITER: Poet, Reader (story analyst), Screenwriter, Writer-Prose, Fiction, and Nonfiction.

PERFORMER: Actor, Narrator, Singer, Storyteller.

The next step is to research these occupations I have narrowed down to.

Until then,
B.E.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Interpretations of Story

A story can be many things.

To a producer
        it's a property that has box-office value.
To a writer
        it's a screenplay.
To a film star
        it's a vehicle.
To a director
        it's an artistic medium.
To a genre critic
        it's a classifiable narrative form.
To a socialogist
        it's an index of public sentiment.
To a psychiatrist
        it's an instinctive exploration of hidden fears or communal ideals.

To a moviegoer
        it can be all of these and more.

~ from Louis Grannatti's "Understanding Movies" text (pp. 372; my line breaks and bold marks)


Process Over Perfection

The following is from David Burns's book, "Feeling Good," as quoted in Carol Eikleberry's book, "The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People." As I was reading the latter yesterday, I came upon this excerpt from Burns, and I believe that it adds to the notion of going through life with challenges, with failures, and with mistakes, instead of trying to live a life of perfection. (We hear it all the time, but who is perfect anyway?)

In fact, just think what it would be like if you were perfect. There'd be nothing to learn, no way to improve, and life would be completely void of challenge and the satisfaction that comes from mastering something that takes effort. It would be like going to kindergarden for the rest of your life. You'd know all the answers and win every game. Every project would be a guaranteed success because you would do everything correctly. People's conversations would offer you nothing because you'd already know it all. And most importantly, nobody could love or relate to you. It would be impossible to feel any love for someone who was flawless and knew it.

Perfection? Think of it, rather, as a process. We're only human, after all. Everyone knows a lot, sure. But no one knows everything. On a spiritual note regarding the Christian faith, there is and can potentially be a sense of process and growth in terms of being better people than we once were. The Bible, in addition, can be seen as a source of inspiration and change, signifying a higher authority - and, ultimately, a perfect one.

To anyone who is struggling with perfection or such, I challenge and encourage you to look at where you are now, how far you've come to that point, and to be thankful for what you have accomplished instead of trying to get to an end point and be done with it. Life is not a race to the finish line after all. It is a journey. It can get brutal and rough, but never forget that there is hope, faith and life in it, including those who have your back everyday.

Pressing on,
B.E.