Many of us just have a job. Something we do to pay the bills. But the lucky ones? They feel passion for their career. That kind of excitement is contagious and why I believe passionate people are so successful. So how do you marry what you love with your job? One way is what I call the “gathering” method. You work at places you like where you make the paycheck you need and gather from them the skills that will help you with your passion so eventually you can have it all.
PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU LIKE TO DO
I like to talk. I love to make people laugh. I want to make others feel good and encourage and inspire. And I love to organize. Big time. Every job I’ve ever had I have taken on a fun, nurturing, people role while organizing things. From getting the birthday cakes to arranging the Christmas parties to helping with social media. I have included myself in the social aspect of my jobs since I started working when I was 13. That’s %& years (you don’t need to know) of learning how to make people feel happy and a wealth of info at my disposal.
NOTICE THE SKILLS THE PEOPLE YOU ADMIRE HAVE
I have always paid attention to the people at my jobs who are genuinely liked and respected. Are they funny? How do they interact with others? Work ethic? Sense of humor? How could I emulate their positive qualities? And what did they know how to do that I didn’t? Computer skills? Negotiate? Speak another language? What could I add to my personal grab bag that might propel me ahead?
FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE
This does not mean bragging but rather, focus on the things you are good at and don’t be afraid to humbly offer your skills. And then hit it out of the park! You never know when someone is looking for what you have in spades! And don’t wait to be noticed. Show ‘em what you’ve got!
My background is predominately the music business. I love all things music. Almost every genre, every type of artist and show. From the behind the scenes prep to the show itself to the search for the next great gig or performer. No matter how bad my day was, and there were many that left me like “Whaaaaaaaaat am I doing here?”, I was always excited to get up the next day and do it again. And when I look back I realize that for 20 something years I was gathering the bits and pieces in each job, from collaborating jazz music tours to cast parties for Disney films, that centered around my passion for being social.
Fast forward to today. I took the position at Intellezy to coordinate our video administration, something that spoke strongly to my OCD and organizational skills, but because of my years of gathering, now get to write blogs and make people laugh and work on our social media connection to the world. It’s amazing and I am truly passionate about my work. What I’ve done has led me here and now I do everything I love!
So I encourage YOU to gather the bits and pieces of your work experiences so that you can find passion in what you do and know that we are here for you to help you enhance the skills you need.
Be brave, be awesome, and smile whenever possible.
By Kristen Teixeira
Me and my 2 best friends, Ang & Lex, WAY back in the day when I worked for Billy Ray Cyrus. What did I learn from him? Be genuinely nice to everyone, every fan matters and always have the best snacks on your bus.