by Leah Komaiko
Happy 2016 and happy start to the Awards Show season.
As I cruised through the Golden Globes Sunday night looking at the faces of the beautiful “winners” and “losers", I thought of three gifted and successful people I had the privilege to work with who turned down (or didn’t expect) award winning opportunities.
Like us all, these three couldn't see around corners.
The first was an iconic record producer and composer who said “no thanks” to scoring a movie based on title alone. Because as he said handing me the script, “who was going to watch a film with a name like this?” That name was “Star Wars.”
The second, my favorite editor-in-chief of a publishing house bid low in a large auction to buy a foreign book because as he explained, “I didn’t think American readers would get into it.” The book was “Harry Potter.”
And the third, is a female producer and her husband. We were ready to develop a project as quickly as she wrapped her commitment on a pilot for a show she felt certain “wouldn't get picked up for one season. Ten years and countless reruns in syndication, “Friends,” still makes her among the richest TV producers in history.
We win some we lose some. We aspire to keep an open mind and heart. We give up on ourselves too fast. We regret, we deny, or we applaud our best choice. In private or otherwise we hope for “the big kill.”
But for a business or author with a brand to even stay alive and then thrive in this competitive, fast technology and whirling changes age; your best if not only chance comes from staying vigilantly true to your authentic self and the story only you are here to tell.
First you have to know what that is.
When we do, our instincts tune into a higher frequency, our past expertise and new creative juices merge with more ease –and we finally tap into that vein that opens the floodgates to real rewards.
Even if we don't head home with a Golden Globe.
Thank you for reading.