You're too old and ugly for video

I get why Hollywood is so hung up on their looks. It’s gotta be nerve-wracking to think your entire career is wrapped around something so superficial.

That when you get too old, you’re not leading man or leading lady material and there’s only one Clooney & Streep in town. 

Hey, I’m sure some of you might be thinking “what the hell is this guy on video for?!” You might even be thinking, I couldn’t be on video. I’m too old. I’m not attractive enough.

BULLSHIT

Here’s the thing, when we’re on video, we get to highlight our substance; we’re not taking direction from anyone.

We get to share our ideas; not read someone else’s script.

We get to influence and build our authority instead of sucking up to some producer.

The bottom line is we’re in charge.

LinkedIn isn’t made up of shallow reviewers looking to take down the next star. It’s made up of people looking to grow their businesses and careers. 

The question isn’t if we’re pretty enough. The question is if we’re professional enough. What do you bring to the table?

How can you help your contacts? What can you teach them?  What can you do to grow other people’s business? What connections can you make for people?

Do I expect young kids to identify with me? Hell, no. I’m not PewDePie. And if you don’t know who that is, well, you’re old–like me. I don’t need to connect with a bunch 20-somethings. I’m not trying to be someone’s parent. I need to connect with people I can help. 

It’s been said we only need 1000 true fans. If I can find a way to help 1000 people that are roughly my age, then I’m making a huge impact. 

Oh sure, it’s no Oscar, but I can help people without having to worry about doing dinner theater shows down the road.