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
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
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
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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