I caught a podcast clip from a Nickelodeon show I watched growing up, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Kit.
Nowdays, the three main characters from said show host their own podcast, cleverly called Ned’s Declassified Podcast Survival Kit.
In said clip, they had another actor from the show on: Michelle Kim, an asian girl who played Cookie’s rival.
And she was describing her audition process. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, Cookie is a nerdy black dude… So, when Nickelodeon first announced the role they stated they were looking for a nerdy white male to be Cookie’s archnemesis.
Well, Michelle Kim is neither white nor male. Michelle knew the odds were stacked against her as soon as her agent sent her the role. Yet, that didn’t stop her.
In fact, it empowered her.
During her audition, she ramped up the personality traits Nickelodeon was looking for (techy and nerdy) to the umpteenth level. She knew she had nothing to lose—or gain—from the audition, so she went waaaaay over the top with it.
And you know what?
Nickelodeon adored her portrayal so much that they no longer cared that Michelle Kim is neither white or male.
She landed the gig, and the rest is history.
Many business lessons you can garner from this short story like:
* Never giving up when all the odds are stacked against you
* How to transform obstacles into unique advantages (many ways to do this if you have a product or service with an obvious shortcoming)
* Why your actions can create opportunity out of literal thin air
And the list goes on.
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