Yep, you are. It was my hip hop teacher, Angel Roberts, (of whom I’m a ridiculous raving fan who gets butterflies when she walks into the studio,) who reminded me of this through my daughter, Christina (not in the photo). You see Christina told me that member of her hip hop team had gotten the flu, missed many practices, and would not be able to compete on Saturday as a result. “You can’t be in show business without facing rejection” Angel had announced to the team. “Show business”? Are you serious?
I thought Christina was involved in art, expression, exercise, camerarderie, confidence-building, resume-enhancing…. but not show business. We are not that kind of family.
As I see these kids rehearse for their upcoming competition, it clearly is show business.
The performance is not just about choreography. The Sum Effect is made up of:
- music choice
- oh yes, also dance technique
So if you’re drilled down at work, doing your job to perfection, preventing all sorts of fires and catastrophes, fulfilling your role objectives, you’re most likely underpaid and not seen as executive material.
Indeed, if you look around, the people who are getting raises and promotions manage to get attention in a positive way, even if they perform the same as you. You know it’s true.
In a recent Fast Company interview with Troy Carter, Lady Gaga’s manager for 7 years, he shares that in 2008 no radio station wanted to play her future hit, “Just Dance”. That’s because Stefani Germanotta hadn’t reached the tipping point yet with the creation of her persona, Lady Gaga. More than a thousand performances and millions of $ later, radio stations love to play anything by Lady Gaga. Not because of her music, it’s because she’s a show biz master.
It’s not that you need to create a crisis, wear a meat dress or provoke a disaster so you can shine.
You’ve got to manage your boss better. Uplevel your upward communication.
Be proactive about it. Let her know what problems you have prevented or avoided. Keep her posted on potential risk factors.
Here’s another factoid to consider. Film studios spend the same amount of money to produce the film as they do to market it.Some stars are hired because they are exceptionally good at promoting the flick. What are you doing to promote yourself?
Probably you haven’t been doing this for a good reason. Did you know upward communication (that means up the foodchain) is the most difficult of all. That’s because YOU have to tell excruciatingly busy people things they think they are not interested in, and may not want to hear at all.
You can also stay where you are and enjoy being stuck. Or you can ask for regular meetings with The Boss. Make sure you’re sending regular updates that are easy to read. Put in the fires you avoided as well as the ones you took care of.
Does your boss like details? Or just the big picture? Communicate according.
Whether you’re building your business, or moving up the corporate (or academic) foodchain, letting people know what you’re doing is as important as what you’re doing. Of course you don’t have time for that and of course it’s not easy.
What do you do to promote your work? It’s time you realize, you’re in show biz!