Are You Down With OPP(ORTUNITY)? 3 Pieces of Advice on Finding Great Opportunities
What happens when your good is great, and your great is groundbreaking?
I have multiple talks with my friends. It sometimes ranges from politics, to pop culture, roast sessions (85% of the time) and our futures. Although we have a plethora of topics to last for days, it always comes back around to our crafts. Our job-leaving, wake up every with a smile on our face, earth shattering passion. It’s a mutual agreement that we’re pretty boss in our prospective careers. Now, please don’t get confused, we don’t sit around a library with a fireplace smoking Cuban cigars bragging about ourselves. We just feel that our talents should at least be recognized.
You ever felt that way? You either feel that more people should listen to your music, read your blog, like your inspirational statuses, comment more on your latest Instagram post or laugh louder at your jokes. Be praised by thousands of millions of people for bring more awesomeness to the world, but all your need is one opportunity.
Ah, the ‘O’ word. Opportunity.
Each day I’m encountered with many people through many forms of communication. We talk about our dreams and what we describe as “The Perfect Life”. One wants to be a Preacher; spread the gospel and save souls the same way how his was. He was once incarcerated, number of drug and burglary charges with a two year old child and a number of broken promises. He explained that the whole world was literally against him. I met him around Thanksgiving during a volunteer outing, the time where family is the most cherished and blessings are being counted more than to-go plates with leftovers. He explained that, even as a saved man, was turned away from his family and his child over the same fear that he’ll relapse again. During his testimonial, I noticed that he kept using the ‘O’ word.
“If I had the opportunity to to help turn lives around, even my family’s, I would not waste any time. God gave me the opportunity to turn my life around and I took it. I’ve never looked back.”
See the funny thing about opportunity is that if could either make or break you. Jay-Z gave Rihanna the opportunity to prove herself worthy of a deal, now she’s slaying literally life (Hey Hov, if you want to give another opportunity to a nice girl from Fort Worth, hit my line!). I gave tacos the opportunity to make me full, but in the end I got food poisoning (EXILE!). See how that works?
As a blogger, I look for multiple opportunities to showcase my many talents. Whether it’s on YouTube with my story telling skills, Instagram with my singing or right here on my blog. I know deep in my heart if a company gave me the opportunity to work with them, I’d soar high as an eagle.
But, not all opportunities are good opportunities.
I had an old friend (A-Friend) who was constantly jealous of my other friend (B-friend). Normally if you’re jealous of something or someone, you just let it slide and pray to God it goes away. There was one instance where there was an opportunity to be recognized by major talent scouts. We were all pretty interested in modeling and becoming a ‘star’ but of course there had to be only one wth the ‘IT’ factor. We strutted and and twirled harder than Kenya Moore on RuPaul.
“This is it. It’s time to show everyone how better I am. This is the opportunity to shine.”
It was time for B-Friend to show what she had, wowing the judges and almost instantly being signed. It wasn’t until the A-Friend stormed up and bumped her. Please be in mind that we were pre-teens and cursing in front of top networks aimed at children weren’t our pass to golden Hollywood. I hope you can guess what happened by now; B-friend throws major f-bombs, gets disgusting remarks. While A-Friend gets noticed by MTV and pre-reality networks. Later down the line and $15,000 later, she’s still chasing fame.
Opportunity is a motherfu..sorry mom. It’s a piece of work. But here are 3 pieces of advice for finding good opportunities:
Work Your Butt Off.
You feel that you can go any higher than where you are currently in your craft. But trust me; you can. Heck, even Beyoncé works tirelessly to become better than what she already is. And she’s Beyoncé! There’s always room for improvement to learn a new short cut, develop a better mixing style, or dodging a punch quicker.
Brush Up On your Existing Skills.
I’m constantly on YouTube learning about different editing skills. Currently, I’m on iMovie now trying to become better than my last version of myself. I log onto Photoshop everyday to see what I could’ve done better to make my images sharper, cleaner, and more optimized. Although I’m not at where I need financially, I’ve been getting vocal lessons to brush up on my American Idol auditions later this year. Start to constantly develop into a better version of yourself everyday. Even if it’s waking up earlier day by day.
It’s okay to feel like you’re the bees knees. But please, do not think you’re the savior of filmmaking, singing, or any craft. As if the world would crumble at your feet if you don’t tell us what the secret to great abs are. You’re human, who makes mistakes, and wakes up late just like the rest of us.
Just a 24 year old trying to wake up before noon.