How to Find Your Dream Job (Hint: It’s only two words)

Be creative.

That’s right. Those two little words, saddled up next to each other and getting cosy, are the key. And although it may be an overplayed cliche, today’s “tough economy” has caused all of us to get a little nervous on the subject of job hunting. This nervousness causes us to seize up and sit in a period of inaction, or try to play it safe to please the potential employers out there. But I cannot tell you how many success stories I’ve read lately of those that bent the rules a little and made themselves stand out by proving that they have their own unique brand that no one else can replicate.

I would like to think that perhaps they read this letter from 1934 from Robert Pirosh. This copywriter traded in his New York life in favor of that of  Hollywood screenwriter. The only problem? He did not have a job as a screenwriter. So he sent the following note to all of the major studios, received a slew of interview requests, and finally accepted an offer as a junior writer at MGM. From there he went on to win an Academy Award and write for some of the best and brightest (including the Marx Brothers). Just another testament to the fact that you should not water yourself down in order to obtain the dream job. Do not censor the you that just might land you the gig.

Dear Sir:

I like words. I like fat buttery words, such as ooze, turpitude, glutinous, toady. I like solemn, angular, creaky words, such as straitlaced, cantankerous, pecunious, valedictory. I like spurious, black-is-white words, such as mortician, liquidate, tonsorial, demi-monde. I like suave “V” words, such as Svengali, svelte, bravura, verve. I like crunchy, brittle, crackly words, such as splinter, grapple, jostle, crusty. I like sullen, crabbed, scowling words, such as skulk, glower, scabby, churl. I like Oh-Heavens, my-gracious, land’s-sake words, such as tricksy, tucker, genteel, horrid. I like elegant, flowery words, such as estivate, peregrinate, elysium, halcyon. I like wormy, squirmy, mealy words, such as crawl, blubber, squeal, drip. I like sniggly, chuckling words, such as cowlick, gurgle, bubble and burp.

I like the word screenwriter better than copywriter, so I decided to quit my job in a New York advertising agency and try my luck in Hollywood, but before taking the plunge I went to Europe for a year of study, contemplation and horsing around.

I have just returned and I still like words.

May I have a few with you?

Robert Pirosh
385 Madison Avenue
Room 610
New York
Eldorado 5-6024

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13 thoughts on “How to Find Your Dream Job (Hint: It’s only two words)

  1. I love it! As an attorney, I’d llove a chance to use such luscious words, which are notoriously absent in legal writing. I’d even take a pedestrian adjective. I long for such color in my writing.

    • It’s true, there isn’t a lot of leeway in legal jargon. You’ll have to make the most of the other hours of your days and fill them with all the wonderfully colorful words that you can!

  2. incredibly inspiring! I love words too– so enjoy seeing the power of goal oriented passion driving someone to find their dream job!

  3. Pingback: Censoring the Censor – The Key to Increasing Creativity « ZenStorming

  4. I’m hoping to write my next book on this very subject. I think most people don’t know themselves well enough to really focus on where they’d thrive, not just survive.

  5. That is a fabulous letter! Thanks for sharing it.

    I, too, find words fascinating, and I love to use them (the big, juicy ones) in my everyday conversation, because they feel good in the mouth. The best way I know of determining whether any given writer is a good one is to read out loud what he or she has written, because there is a flow to excellent prose that I think rivals the most perfect poetry. I have always said that writing is an art form rather than a science, and I try to live up to that pronouncement in everything I write. The best writer paints with words in colors more vivid than Degas or Michelangelo could hope to produce…

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