Finding a Job

What Kevin Spacey can teach you about finding your next job


Kevin Spacey is an actor whose remarkable versatility has often been described as chameleon-like. Spacey has made an art of portraying a gallery of morally ambiguous characters ranging from the mildly shady to the all-out murderous. His reputation as one of the best-respected actors of his generation was bolstered by an Oscar, a Tony, and an award as Best Actor of the Decade from England's Empire magazine in 1999.

But the actor, who was Emmy-nominated for his leading role in Netflix's "House of Cards", is still hoping to get cast in a Woody Allen movie.

In an interview for GQ's "Men of the Year" issue, Spacey explains: "I believe this: If an actor wants a role or wants to work with somebody, then you do everything within reason to try to get that role. If they want you to audition, you audition. If they want you to screen-test, you screen-test. If they want you to come and tap-dance in their hallway, you tap-dance in their hallway."

So Spacey decided to take matters into his own hands."I wrote him a letter and introduced myself as an actor he may or may not know. And I sent him a Netflix subscription, because I want him to watch my work."

Spacey's plea didn't do unanswered. He tells GQ that Allen wrote him back "an absolutely wonderful letter" to let him know he is "in contention for things in the future." And yes! he thanked him for the Netflix subscription

Kevin Spacey's Emmy nominated role as ruthless, conniving Majority Whip Frank Underwood in Netflix's "House of Cards" prompted the question "is he particularly good at playing villains?"  The actors response "'I'm just f------ happy to have a great job,'" he said. "I think people love it when anybody acts bad; it's not particular to me.'

So what's the lesson for you in your job search?

We see two key messages:

1. Nobody is too important or high and mighty to have to get out there and fight for their next role.

2. If you want to get noticed and stand out from the pack you're going to have to get creative.

Now get out there

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