How to….

Posted Thursday, October 4th, 2012. Filed Under My Daily Dose

This is another suggestion from the Oprah list (October 2012, p. 148).

How to Spot a Good Opportunity
Christina Wayne, former senior VP at AMC,
current president at Cineflix Studios, and an
executive Producer of the new BBC America series

“A lot of people ask me how I knew Mad Men or Breaking Bad would make great TV. I knew because when I read those scripts, I felt something. I didn’t do any market testing or focus groups – I just asked myself, ‘Would I want to watch this?’

When you’re weighing an opportunity, make the question that simple: Do I really want this, or am I doing it for the money or the prestige or because I think I should? It can’t just be about those things. It has to make you feel good, too. And by the way, if opportunities aren’t knocking, you can make your own. When I was looking for work several years ago, I took everyone I knew in New York, where I’d just moved, to dinner or drinks or tea. I explained that I was open to anything. Six months later, one of those dinner dates called about a possible job at AMC. If I hadn’t put myself out there, that never would have happened.”

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