The Currency of the Boring

I am not sure if this is a great title for what I want to say.  I typed the title earlier today so I’ll go with it.  It made sense to me.  Maybe it’s just my experience.

I was listening to some actors talk about parts that they’ve taken in Hollywood.  It was interesting to hear them talk about the genius of actors and acting.  The guys I was listening to was wondering why Edward Norton Jr. would take a role like the Hulk.  You could probably think of all of these great actors that are making big blockbuster movies – now.  But earlier in their career, they had to take boring roles.  These actors starred in movies you’ve never heard or seen as part of the journey to greatness.

Here’s the thing – when we think about what it is that we want to do for the rest of our lives – we think about the blockbuster movie that we need to be starring in.  Maybe it’s just me, but we are never happy with where we are.  We think we deserve better, but the thing is that Edward Norton Jr. teaches us is that there is currency in the boring stuff.

You will probably have to star in some dumb commercials and some B movies before you get to the blockbuster hits.  Don’t get me wrong – some people never get those bit parts.  Some people just stay on that level.  Nothing against character actors – I wrote about them once.  They’re important.

Sometimes you are in a boring movie because that’s just the journey.  Nothing wrong with a boring movie, but there is a process and the currency that you save up in the boring stuff can eventually get you that big time movie.

But I’m not in Hollywood.  I don’t know anything about that stuff.

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