I waited tables for 11 years in Albany.
Mornings, I opened the restaurant. I wiped tables and tucked chopsticks into white linen napkins. Everyday, I repeated to myself:
“When I get out of Albany, I’ll finally be happy.”
Then I moved to Los Angeles. Things changed.
Now the napkins were red. Instead of chopsticks, it was silverware.
“When I get out of the restaurant business, I’ll finally be happy.”
The next step, I figured, was: become a Hollywood assistant. Learn from an agent. Answer phones and read scripts. Nine months of napkins later, and I started at a management company.
After a few months:
“When I start working for a writer, I’ll finally be happy.”
But this time, I wondered.
We love to think that once we get our “big break,” BOOM, that’s it! Red panties night.
Examples of the big break:
- Money – “Once I start making six-figures, all my money problems will go away”
- Relationships – “I just need to meet the one, and she’ll make everything better”
- Moving to LA – “After I start fresh in Los Angeles, everything will work out”
Seeing dreams come to fruition is exhilarating. When it comes to moving to LA and finding a job, I can help. (For relationships, there’s an app for that.)
But I’ve worked with people who’ve climbed very high. Their books got on lists, then on movie screens. They made a lot of money. Had sex with a lot of people
They still say: “After the next big break, I’ll finally be happy.”
Work for your dream. Get up at 5 a.m., work till 2 a.m., and ship early and often.
But if you’re counting on your big break to “finally be happy” — spoiler alert — it won’t.
That’s up to you.
Photo Credit: Geraint Rowland