|A new tack
||[Dec. 18th, 2009|04:56 pm]
Ok, a rewrite of the resume is in order. The bland format of the current one listing my skills/etc hasn't gotten me anywhere. 100 or so resumes sent out, not a single goddamn interview. Clearly, a new approach is needed.|
So I thought why not do what I do best, and that is write. Kick the fuckers in the balls, make them want to read more, inspire curiosity and a desire to at least want to bring me in to see this goddamn maniac in person.
Here's what I have so far, of course, subject to revision.....
Many people say “my life is a circus” (usually with an attendant shudder), conjuring up images of uncontrollable chaos and madness. But for me, a circus is something else. A 15+ year career in the entertainment business has included touring with a Russian circus, which is where I also met my wife. I relish the challenge of creating order from chaos, of taking charge of the circus and turning the seemingly unmanageable into a thing of beauty.
Now, changing priorities and circumstances mean it’s time for a career change and taking my considerable talents and applying them in a new field. A new family means no more life on the road and it’s time for a new direction.
The challenges of working in entertainment production are many- among them are the long hours and painstaking attention to detail because the safety and lives of performers- not to mention the artistic integrity of the show- depend on it. An improperly tied knot or incorrectly hung light can result in injury or even death. Through my work I have developed an eclectic skill set across a variety of disciplines that defies narrow classification but applies across a number of professions. I possess the formidable logistics and problem-solving abilities required to bring a show coast-to-coast and get it in, up, running, and out. This includes advancing all show requirements from lighting and sound to scheduling crew to what should be served for lunch. As Stage/Production Manager, I have the proven ability to manage all technical elements and crew in a live performance setting as well as the stamina to work a mind-bending amount of hours while still retaining razor-sharp focus upon the task at hand.
I am a creative free-thinker with an eminently practical streak and am able to look at problem situations and quickly come up with unique solutions, because even with the best of planning, problems arise. I am not afraid to ask the question “but what happens if you do this?” I work well with others- I do not know all and there are always new things to learn. I am very self-sufficient, intelligent, and am not afraid to speak up and take charge, but do so in an easy-going manner that projects quiet knowledge and commands respect. I possess the ability to express myself and my ideas in a clear and entertaining manner and greatly enjoy research and writing.
So if you’re looking for someone to come in and manage your circus, I’m your man.
The first and second paragraph don't really kick me in the nuts. I partic don't like "But for me" (breathe, comma) - it's not...fast paced enough, needs more stacatto, more...ooomph? (whoosh) more onomatopoeia maybe, a good cadence.
"...and there she was holding a knife in her teeth. 15 years ago I ran away to join the circus..." etc.
with a Russian circus - can you say it by name, include a hyperlink to it, some fizzbang? "there is a beauty in barely controled madcap chaos, whirring along with a click hum and whoosh of fire. Keeping the parts moving in mostly the right direction takes a gentle hand and resilient sanity"
"resilient sanity"? Ahhh, my dear Myn, that did make me chuckle. "Hanging on for dear fucking life and occasionally succeeding" is more like it.
But I agree with your critique. Yes, more oomph. This was the second whack at it and I haven't really sat down to go over it. More like a few lines now, a few later. Dear gawds, that sounds like a coke binge, doesn't it? But Uppers are not my style. Quite the contrary. I want slow multicolor gigglies when I self-medicate.