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How Do I Get That Job?

Posted Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at 10:02 AM

I once heard a comedian say that adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because they are looking for ideas. I often tease my husband that in case he ever comes to his senses and fires me, I better start making a back-up plan. Last week, I asked my kids what they want to be when they grow up. Their answers were: a chiropractor, a comedian/actor, and a Pokemon master. Shockingly, I didn't find those answers to be a good springboard for brainstorming my own career path.

I just finished listening to the audio book "Cold Hit," by Stephen Cannell. I picked it up at the library because I remembered reading about him in Jack Canfield's "The Success Principles." According to Canfield, Cannell failed first, fourth, and tenth grades, because he struggled with reading comprehension. Despite academic difficulties, he pushed himself in football, and through sports, he learned that hard work was enough to achieve excellence. Eventually, he became a hugely successful television script writer and producer. His credits include "The A Team," "21 Jump Street," "The Commish," and "Silk Stockings." He also wrote a number of best-selling novels.

"Cold Hit" was okay. I didn't love it so much that I'd have to drive an extra mile to find out what happened next while listening in the car. Nor did I find it boring enough to return it to the library unfinished but on time. It follows your pretty normal detective novel format. I'd give it about a C+, but so what! When you have a hugely successful career, you're allowed to write some mediocre stuff. The point is that he never stopped working. He always continued to develop his craft. Still, as much as I love Cannell's success story, I was even more fascinated by the voice who read "Cold Hit."

Most of the audio books I've listened to are read either by the author or a famous actor. This one was read by someone whose career actually specializes in audio books. Scott Brick has been the voice on over two hundred audio books and was named a Golden Voice by Audiofile. This guy reads books out loud for a living! Heck! I read to my kids for at least a half hour every night, and I performed a pretty rockin' accent of the Grand High Witch while reading Roald Dahl's "The Witches." How can I get that job? So there's my next career path: audio book reader. Nice work if you can get it. Though from where I am now, it looks about as logical as becoming a Pokemon master.


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First, you get in line behind me! Then I'll put in a good word for you:) Talk about a dream job!

-- Posted by newdawn on Tue, Mar 8, 2011, at 11:14 AM

A few months back I listened to the Keith Richards autio book read by Johnny Depp using his captain Sparrow accent. Then a few chapter in they switched to Joe Hurley who has a strong english accent. The last chapter or so was Keith Richards reading. It was good but weird the way they changed narrator voices.

-- Posted by Keda46 on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 12:35 AM

Wow! I wish I had that much time to read/listen to books. I'm still trying to finish one I got for xmas. What is the next book on ur List? You always pick such interesting Books!

-- Posted by businessX2 on Tue, Mar 15, 2011, at 7:22 PM

Speaking about jobs..I know of a real legit home busines job that is awesome! All I do is shop for every day essentials for my own home and then help others set up their own personal wholesale shopping account so they can buy for their own family as well..The company is a green company based out of Idaho Falls Idaho and they have a very firm company meaning they are financially sound and owe not even a dime to anyone. I love the fact that I don't sell anything to anyone or take orders or mess with invenotry or do home parties or anything like that. It is amazing and I love my job..if you are business minded and love being healthy and love to help others do the same then go to www.prosperitasteam.com/gogreenmakegreen today. Just fill out the form and we will call you for an interview.

-- Posted by athome4kids on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 1:33 PM


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