Real life lessons La La Land teaches us about pursuing your dream job

January 10, 2017
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Inspiring the opening number and winning a record number of awards, La La Land clearly stole the show at yesterday’s Golden Globes. While other notable mentions on the night include Trump shutdowns by celebrities like Hugh Laurie, host Jimmy Fallon and Meryl Streep, the film remained the centre of attention to both peers in the acting biz and “normal people” (according to Steve Carell).

Reminiscent of old-world Hollywood, the musical features actress Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) both struggling to make it in the comeptitive world of fame and Hollywood. Although it might seem like a world so separate from our own, the film surprisingly imparts some inspirational lessons that are relevant to our own lives (that have nothing to do with romance or musical numbers).

Pursuing your passion won’t be easy

Whether you’ve found your calling in the last year, as a teenager or when you were a kid, you've probably discovered that landing your dream job isn't as easy as gaining an entry-level job (which, let’s face it, is still pretty tough). If you want to gain the skills or experience necessary, it'll take time. There might be a few failed attempts before you even come close. Despite the time and effort that goes into pursuing your dream job, it is 100 per cent worth it. Much like Mia and Seb, if you really want it, you have to ignore the naysayers and dedicate all of yourself to making it work.

You’ll inevitably have to work crappy jobs along the way

For Mia, that meant working at a coffee shop between auditions, while Seb often had to work degrading jobs like his stint as a keyboardist in a 1980s pop cover band. If you don’t have enough experience yet, chances are you’ll need to work that retail or hospo job to afford anything. It might also mean a myriad of unpaid internships where tasks often include fetching coffee for the paid staff.

It'll be tempting to throw in the towel

There will probably be an easier route that will mean giving up you real dream and settling for something less. This was true for Sebastian who gave up on his dream of opening his own jazz bar to join a pop band. Sure he was making hella amounts of money, but he wasn’t really liking what he was doing.

This might sound familiar to anyone who swapped the dream of a creative path for a business or law path, or any aspiring serious news journalist who settled for a job copyrighting instead. It can be hard to keep pursuing your passion when no one is giving you a chance. If you do take that job that isn't right for you, only do it if it's a stepping stone (rather than an alternative) to what you really want to do.

It won’t happen overnight, but persevere

Much like Mia, many of us are still pursuing the dreams we had as kids of what we wanted to be when we grew up. Even if you’ve only just decided what it is you want to do, you can’t expect it to all fall into place so easily. If it means changing degrees or getting a few more internships under your belt, keep at it and you’re sure to get somewhere.

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