Saturday, July 18, 2009


During an interview for a position at a small company, the owner told M. that his résumé was ‘…not so impressive.’ In selecting an employee or electing a president or making any purchase we need to read the label to assess what we’re getting. Beyond that, it can be limiting.

I’m thinking of a few friends who have spent many years successfully working in creative ventures that have nothing to do with their college experience, yet each of them feels the need to post their educational background. I know it’s something they did, but I don’t mistake it for who they are.

The description of Fred Astaire after he took his first screen test read, “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.” He didn’t agree with that label. Goody for the rest of us.

(photo by Maurice Goldberg from the Bettmann Archive)

1 comment:

Elizabeth Fama said...

He was a master at hiding his large hands -- while acting, singing, or dancing. He perfected positions that made them look not only graceful, but smaller. Once you know that secret, you can't stop staring. He almost never let his guard down.