Do you want to know how I got a job as a TV actor? I can’t hardly believe that I was hired either. But I don’t question what God is doing in my life. I just try to be obedient and follow his instructions. In this case, being obedient to biblical success principles led to being hired as an actor on a TV show.

A couple of weeks ago, I was going about my business when I got a call at my office. On the phone was an assistant producer of a TV show.

Now to be honest, I have gotten phone calls from TV producers before. They typically call to request free stuff for their show. I understand they are on tight budgets, and so they are trying to minimize expenses.

In these typical conversations, they say that they will put you in the credits on the show in exchange for the merchandise. Sounds cool huh? Not really. Just ask yourself when was the last time you actually watched the credits on any TV show or movie? Even when you want to, the TV stations minimize the size of the credits, and they scroll them at warp speed to save time for something more valuable, like commercials. In effect, no one see’s your credit, and you’re out the cost of the merchandise you’ve sent them.

What my standard response is when they call now, is to tell them that I’ll give them the merchandise that they want, but that I want a 4-second crawler on the bottom of the screen when my product is used/displayed on the screen. If they can go for that, then I’d be happy to give them what they wanted. Of course, none of the producers have accepted my offer yet.

That what was going through my mind when I got the call. But this one was different.

They were looking for an on-camera expert, and they had heard about me, and checked out my web site.

This reminded me of the verse in Proverbs:

Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men. Proverbs 22:29 (NIV)

When you become skilled in what you do, people hear about you. And it is “important” people; the kind that you want to do business with. That’s God’s promise.

But notice two things… Nowhere in the verse does it tells you how long you have to serve. In the Bible, Joseph served two years in prison before he got his opportunity to serve before the king (Genesis 41). To be honest, you could serve in anonymity for decades and decades if you don’t take some extra steps to get noticed.

The second thing to notice is that you are still required to be a servant.

So once I accepted the offer to be a actor on the TV show, I still had to remember that I was not the star – my job was still to serve the person that hired me.

My Service As An Actor

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When the day of the filming arrived, I was early. I was there long before the camera crew or the other actors arrived. But that wasn’t the start of my servanthood though. For about two weeks I was in constant conversation with the producer, offering him technical advice on how to make the show better – like telling him what to expect, and where he’d get the best shots with his cameras. It was all advice, and in fact, before I gave him advice, I asked his permission to give it.

And on the day of the filming, I stuck to the director and the producer like glue. I didn’t want them to have to find me for when it was my turn to be on camera. I was always in ear-shot, ready to serve them with what they wanted.

Whatever they asked, I gave them. Even though I was the technical expert, I was there to help them fulfill their vision (not mine).

In the end, that is what happened. The email I got from the producer last night said:

“Our director, Dave, thought it was visually the most exciting segment that he’s worked on for this show (he’s done 35 or so episodes of the show). That you for working with us and perhaps we can do something again!”

You can’t hurt your career opportunities by helping other people achieve their goals.

How Can You Shorten The Duration of Servanthood?

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As mentioned above, the length of anonymous servanthood can be very long, unless you take steps to shorten it. Most people are waiting for God to shorten it for you. But I believe that you have an active role in this task too.

In the case of Joseph, he waited in prison two years. But he wasn’t passive. He also served where he was, in prison – and rose to the ranks of where he was in charge of all the prisoners (Genesis 39:22-23). When he interpreted the dreams of the baker and the cup-bearer while in prison, he told them to be walking advertisements for his talents (Genesis 40:14) .

After serving and advertising yourself, the next step is to have the right attitude for when you do have an opportunity.

One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend. Proverbs 22:11 (NIV)

In this passage from Proverbs, we learn that speaking correctly will win you friendship with people in high places. I firmly believe this is a huge key to success. In fact, I devote my other web site specifically to this single topic.

We all need to learn how to speak to other people, in a way that they want to hear it. It isn’t your opinion that counts, but the opinion of the receiver. You have to know what they want to hear. And it is a skill you can learn that will help you be successful. If you want to learn this skill, come to my other web site at http://CustomerSecrets.com. In fact I’m going to finish this article there, because I’ll show you what techniques I used to get the job as an actor on the TV show.

Note: Until the episode airs (projected to be Summer 2012), I can’t tell you what show, or what it is about. But stay tuned to this web site, and at CustomerSecrets.com for more details.

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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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