I grew up when “Nick at Nite” aired shows from the 50s and 60s. I even remember the days when Nickelodeon would air The Dick Van Dyke Show at noon. It’s crazy how all of that has changed. I worry that most of our youth will not grow up knowing the dangers of poorly placed ottomans in the living room. Thanks to Nickelodeon, I grew up loving Lucy like many others.
I read Lucille Ball’s autobiography a few years back and I have been thinking about one part of it recently. She was once an unknown model and actress getting minor roles in films. She described herself as “part of the scenery.” Filming a movie in 1933, she was just a chorus girl but volunteered to take a pie in the face. The director said, “Get that girl’s name. That’s the one who will make it.”
Lucy later said, “I took the slapstick parts the other starlets spurned, and never whined about the siphon water and pies in the face. I considered myself lucky to be paid while learning a business I adored.”
In a world where most people want to be highly esteemed, you may find some amazing opportunities if you’re willing to lower yourself.