Leslie Jones is phenomenal. She isn’t a cookie cutter, female, black comedian, she is a dope standard that anything is possible with a little elbow grease and sheer determination.
She earned every spot she has ever stood on. From Saturday Night Live to the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, Leslie Jones did that. Following a tumultuous bout with the ugliness that is Twitter trolls, the actress still emerges victorious in now earning a ticket to Rio to comment on the Olympic games.
Leslie probably wasn’t looking to land that gig. In fact, her spot on commentary seemed more like an outrageous hobby she’s grown accustomed to doing amongst family and friends. The power of social media, however, proves that landing the position you want isn’t confined to the cold application and email.
You want something? You dream about it. You have to actively be involved in that sphere. Leslie utilized her skill to make us laugh and her apparent love for the Olympics to create another avenue to market herself. Whether intentional or not, this is a lesson for us all to pay attention to. In everything we do, showcasing our skills in places we are particularly passionate about could be the difference between getting the job or being another application pushed to the side.
There is no box. Social media allows you to be live and in living color 24/7, 365. If you want to be noticed by a company, align yourself with that company – much like Leslie’s tweeting of the games, NBC saw a void in their engagement and sought her out. Make yourself the expert, because of course, they will then realize how much they need you.
In today’s job market, being shy gets you absolutely no where. Push the envelope and yourself to do things a bit differently. It is the accidents and mistakes that often lead to the greatest opportunities.
Congrats Leslie, love hearing your thoughts on how Team USA is doing out there in Rio.