It is not uncommon for a job seeker to run through seemingly endless job postings feeling they are unqualified for any of the openings. Desi Arnaz once faced this problem but instead of passing the opportunity he came up with a clever way to prove he was the best person for the job.
Lucille Ball had sold the concept of “I Love Lucy” to the executives at CBS. The starring role was quickly cast with one of the brightest comedians of the day, particularly because the show was her concept. But CBS, which bought the rights to the show, did not want the star’s selection of an actor to play her husband – feeling someone else would be more qualified.
Who had she selected to play her husband?
Her real life husband, Desi!
Nobody should have been more qualified to be your television husband that her real life husband, a well-known actor and musical entertainer. The network executives claimed it was doubtful her real life husband would be believable and that he might not be able to do comedy.
Finally, the executives decided to have him audition – this would certainly expose him as an unrealistic co-star. Although he aced the audition they still wanted to cast someone else.
Not giving up hope, Lucy and Desi decided they needed to prove he could play the role. The couple used their own money to film what would eventually become the pilot episode. Once they saw the full episode, producers and network officials agreed to casting Desi and the show went on to be one of television’s most enduring hit shows, I Love Lucy.
Imagine, if Desi Arnaz had this much difficulty landing the job to play himself on the "I Love Lucy" show imagine how you are going to land a job without going through hoops you feel you should not have to jump through or to compete with confidence against the others trying to land a job that is perfect for you!
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