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As I mentioned in a recent article, many clients
come to me because they're not happy in their career but they don't know what
other career possibilities are out there for them. The R and E of the Dynami
DREAM process stand for Research and Explore. It is in this phase that you
investigate all of your wild and wonderful career possibilities. One of the
questions you ask yourself during this process is "As a child, what did
you want to be when you grew up?"
Now, if you're like me, you can't actually remember! But, for a
lot of people, there is a childhood dream that stands out. And I'm going to
tell you about someone who is in the process of fulfilling that dream. The
protagonist in this story is my husband, Dickie.
A childhood dream
Dickie has always loved movies. Since a very small child, movies
were his joy and his escape. His mother actually went in to labour with him
whilst she was at the cinema (she's never been able to remember what film she
was watching, much to his chagrin). Dickie's knowledge of movies is encyclopaedic.
Not only can he remember every film he's ever watched and where, he can also
recite every film I have ever watched and where
- even the ones I have long forgotten!
Whenever we visit a town with an old (maybe disused) cinema,
Dickie always dreams about reopening it and running it. I remember an early
holiday to Chinon in France instigating such a dream and he also has a
recurring fantasy about reopening the small independent cinema in Lyme Regis
which closed down due to a fire many moons ago.
However, apart from a brief foray onto a film set as work
experience (which he hated!), Dickie's own career adventures had never taken
him into the cinema. Instead, he has worked in retail (this did include a video
shop back in the day), the wine trade and recruitment. Oh yes, and he has
written a published novel.
Moving towards the dream
Dickie was made redundant and we jointly decided that he would go back to University. Originally, he was going to do a teacher training but, on flicking
through the options at Universities locally, we found a BA at Portsmouth University
(locally) in Film and Creative Writing. This degree could have been written for
him and he still describes those three years at Portsmouth as his happiest
ever! He honed his art, met film producers, writers and interviewed the great
and the good of independent cinemas. Achieving a first, he then went on to
Kings College London to do an MA in Film & Philosophy.
through this time, Dickie and I have been regularly attending Chichester's
small, independent cinema. They run a hotly contested film quiz every year that
we (he!) have won twice. It's just the sort of place that Dickie would aspire
year, I saw a notice that this cinema was losing its
"second-in-command" who was retiring and needed replacing. In a
flash, Dickie applied, was interviewed and offered the job ... exactly two days
before the first lockdown in March. The cinema had to close and Dickie was not
in time to start the role or receive furlough. The dream was snatched away, for
a while at least.
the long, hot summer of 2020 reading novels in the garden (yeah, hard life) and
waiting for the cinema to reopen did test Dickie's patience a bit (despite the
lovely weather). But, he knew the dream was coming.
The dream job... in a pandemic
summer, Dickie achieved a feat that few have achieved before. He was actually
promoted, before he'd even started, to Head of Operations. He was going to be
in charge of the box office, staff, volunteers and all the operations of the
this role in September 2020 preparing for the big reopening. The cinema opened
for a grand total of 21 days and then had to close again! It has since reopened
with social distancing measures.
still has not experienced what his dream job will be like in normal times. He
still hasn't seen the faces of two of his staff members! At the moment, a large
part of the job is reacting to and "policing" COVID measures. Having
said that, the reopening has gone really well with staff, volunteers and
customers filling the cinema with joy on a daily basis.
It's never too late...
never too late to pursue that childhood dream. The turning point for Dickie was
pursuing this new field of study in his forties. What if he'd done that degree
at 18? Who knows? But there's no regrets. He's in his element right now!
your childhood dream? Could it be fulfilled now or in the future?
know your dreams and perhaps we can support each other in getting there!
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