As the saying goes in Hollywood, it’s all about who you know. Connections make careers.
But I see that saying in a different way.
Yes, it matters who you surround yourself with. But that doesn’t have to be synonymous with climbing the career ladder.
It certainly helps to associate with good people who can help you along the way. But looking at your social circle solely for selfish pursuits means you’re just using people to get what you want.
Not cool. See my previous post for how to let go of people who do this to you. And there will be a lot of those types, if you pursue a career in Hollywood, unfortunately.
But when you shift your mindset from who can help me, to who can I help, your circle not only opens up, but it becomes a lot more fulfilling.
When I started producing What’s Good?! as a webshow, people would recommend like-minded individuals to be guests on the show. It was amazing how easy it was to find the do-gooders of the world. Good people know other good people. And the cycle of Goodness seems to self-perpetuate.
To wit, I once interviewed a wonderful yoga teacher, Daniel Overberger, who has an inspiring, amazing story. Check it out here:
Daniel led me to an extraordinary man named Mel Tillekerante.
Mel is the co-founder of The Shower of Hope, a mobile showering unit that provides showers for homeless clients 6 days a week all over Los Angeles. It runs solely on donations and with the help of volunteers.
It doesn’t stop there.
Mel is constantly advocating for our unhoused neighbors. He shows up at city council meetings, organizes demonstrations, and tries to get our representatives to change policy.
It’s not just about a single day of volunteerism. This man has made eradicating homelessness and connecting people with helpful services, his mission.
I was proud to have Mel on What’s Good, and nearly a year later, I was able to share Mel’s work with the Spectrum 1 SocCal audience. Watch the piece here:
I have made it my mission to amplify the message that there are good people in the world, and that there is hope in a better future.
Mel led me to my next subject: A police officer named Rodney who organizes weekly fairs for the homeless in Whittier. They service over 100 clients every Thursday.
The beauty is that these events aren’t just a quick shower and a hot meal. They provide those things, but they also help people get the resources they need to get off the streets for good. Because the events are consistently held, personal connection and trust is built. That makes all the difference in creating solutions for long run instead of putting a bandaid on a given issue.
You see, whether you’re a journalist looking for an inspirational story to share, or a person struggling to get by day to day, we can’t do it alone. We need the help of others.
It truly is about who you know.
We’re all better knowing someone like Mel Tillekerante. Without people like him, I wouldn’t have good stories to share on Spectrum. And as a result, Mel is actually helping my career. Funny how that works, isn’t it?