“30 seconds,” I hear the producer say in my ear piece. I’m still breathing, the butterflies are under control and my limbs have not yet stiffened. I quickly go over all the features that are imperative to mention about the Bose Wave Music System. All of a sudden, the show host and I are standing side by side in front of a camera that has been positioned about a meter from us…then the light goes red.
Why are the muscles in my face not cooperating? Why is my smile all twitchy? OH MY GOSH! In about 2 seconds the host, Betty, is going to expect me to say something. I take a deep breath, turn to Betty and manage, “it’s a pleasure to be here”… or something along those lines anyway. To be honest, those first few seconds are a total blur. An hour later, I had sold 39 systems and felt like I could do it all over again. What a rush!
For TWO YEARS, I’ve sold these top of the line systems, including headphones, home theatre speakers and sounddocks. In fact, on the day of my graduation, literally as I was sitting on stage with 300 other graduates at my convocation, my cell vibrated with the message that Bose wanted to offer me a part-time position. So I took the retail job, thinking it would help pay off my monstrous school loan, while I searched for a career job. Turns out, becoming a high-profile entertainment host isn’t the easiest task. So there I was festering away in sales…
Until, I happened to mention to my district manager my goals and aspirations, and inquired about representing our company on The Shopping Channel. Two months later, I had an audition. A month after that, I got the job. And two months after that, I was live in front of 7 million Canadian consumers.
Here’s the point…you may think you’re stuck in some cosmic rut (or retail), going nowhere in life. No matter how hard you try, you may feel like every opportunity has already been seized by someone more qualified. A couple of hints that helped me: a) it never hurts to ask, and b) get involved in as many activities as you possibly can. You’ll be surprised how things will start coming together and making a whole lot of a sense.
I may not be a famous television host just yet, but at least this opportunity is taking me a size 8.5 step in the right direction. Have a little faith…sometimes the dots just have to be connected…
…and sometimes it just takes time.