Tuesday, April 27, 2010
If I Hadn't Become A Librarian...
...I think I would have been a talent scout.
I am rather a savant at spotting those who will be big stars, if I do say so myself.
I "discovered" Sandra Bullock in Speed, Antonio Banderas in Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, Sharon Stone in Total Recall, Denzel Washington in A Soldier's Story and Tom Cruise in Taps. Whether it was Sandra Bullock's plucky humor or Tom Cruise's intensity, I knew they all had that something special that would give them megastardom. In fact, I remember turning to my spouse and saying "Spouse, that person will be a megastar."
I come by this talent naturally.
My father was a big movie fan, and I remember sitting up late with him watching old movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood on TV (when I was supposed to be in bed) - Stella Dallas, Now, Voyager, The Philadelphia Story, The Quiet Man, Deanna Durbin movies.
My Dad was particularly susceptible to the tear-jerkers. When he would tear up he would emit a little guttural laugh and pretend to wipe his forehead with his handkerchief when he was really wiping the tears from his eyes. He didn't think I noticed.
But he also loved the corny movies. Francis the Talking Mule series was a particular favorite.
We loved to spot famous actors appearing in bit parts early in their careers and comment on their impending star power. He also taught me the love of watching the credits for names of famous actors appearing in small parts before they were big or the odd little fact - did you know that the real name of the dog who played Old Yeller was Spike?
I just recently watched the credits for Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire, and not only noticed the name Grace Hightower, but recognized her as Robert DeNiro's wife. Like I said, I'm a savant when it comes to this stuff. Try it. Reading movie credits is fun.
What old movie memories do you have?
Have you spotted any now famous actors early in their careers?
Anyway, if I should decide to take this talent of mine and turn it into another career, where would I go for help?
You see where I'm heading.
The library, of course.
Our Tools for Tough Times leads job seekers and career changers to resources that will help them decide where their talents lie, which careers are right for them, what the job trends are and where the jobs are. We also provide practice tests and Microsoft applications tutorials(Learning Express), as well as resume, cover letter and interviewing help.
Another important local resource is a library partner, WorkSource, which is a one-stop reemployment system for the job hunter and career changer. Funded by state and federal funds, services include employment counseling services, onsite hiring events, workshops and seminars and a computer resource center, which provides fax and copy machines, phones and typing tests in addition to computers. There are offices in several locations in Washington. The Lynnwood Office is located at 20311 52nd Avenue W. in Lynnwood. For more information call 425-673-3300.
You do not need to be unemployed to access these resources and services.
You might just be someone like me...thinking of that *other* career.