Professional Development in Hollywood

The film industry might seem glitzy and glam, but a lot of the things that you do for professional development are the same in film. You must be tenacious and open to knew experiences, which in corporations could be executive training and in film could vampire Westerns.

The part about being tenacious is true too. You cannot let the fact that your promotion to manager or director went to another person. Liam Neeson was up for the part of Doctor Van Helsing in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but the role went to Anthony Hopkins instead because he was an it boy after doing The Silence of the Lambs. However, Neeson did not just go quietly into that good night, making many other successful films after his turn down.

In the independent films that have grown so hip and popular after the year of the independent film at the Oscars with Fargo and Sling Blade and others, you must be a kind of renaissance wo/man. Arnold Vosloo, a B movie actor who struck it big as the mummy in the remake of the 1932, talked about how his B-grade film experiences actually helped him out on the set when it had to appear he was lifting a man up with only one arm. An apple crate placed carefully next to wall with an actor doing his best to not looking he was stepping up on it and using the wall to help him did the trick, and a cheap trick too, compared to the CGI used in the widely successful 1999 film.

But it is that kind of learning that Arnold Vosloo did on other film sets that helped him to contribute to the larger picture on The Mummy. Learning things outside your field or your comfort zone can be immensely helpful in the least likely situations, whether you are an actor waiting to film take twelve or a director thinking of how to solve shipping problem. Having multiple skills no matter the job is a great asset on any job.