Direct Your Own Life: How to Be a Star in Any Field You Choose! [NOOK Book]

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Take center stage with your own life script to be successful in any field.

 

Efren had a choice: Take a high-paying, big-studio role in Alamo, starring Billy Bob Thornton, or take a small, no-money-upfront role as “Pedro” in Napoleon Dynamite. Efren’s gamble launched him to international success and he has worked every day since.

 

Chris had an idea: Why not get a corporation to pay for his college education? He became a national ...

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Overview

Take center stage with your own life script to be successful in any field.

 

Efren had a choice: Take a high-paying, big-studio role in Alamo, starring Billy Bob Thornton, or take a small, no-money-upfront role as “Pedro” in Napoleon Dynamite. Efren’s gamble launched him to international success and he has worked every day since.

 

Chris had an idea: Why not get a corporation to pay for his college education? He became a national spokesperson for FIRST USA, a division of Bank One. He garnered over 20 million dollars in publicity for the bank and over 80 million media impressions during the campaign. He has been featured on the Today Show, CBS Early Show, ABC, NBC, FOX, MSNBC, CNN and profiled in People magazine twice, including the “25 Most Intriguing people” issue.

 

Efren and Chris wrote the script for their own lives—and now they’re living their dreams. They share their story with tens of thousands of young adults all over the country, and now they share a five-act formula to help college students and young professionals take charge of their future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427798886
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/9/2009
  • Sold by: Kaplan, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

EFREN RAMIREZ, “Pedro” from the blockbuster hit Napoleon Dynamite and co-star of such recent hits as Crank and Employee of the Month, has not only been acting since childhood but also writing, producing, and directing. He has played diverse roles in many television shows including Scrubs, ER, Judging Amy, The District and Boston Public. He will appear in American Summer in 2008. When he isn’t filming, he spends his time speaking to students and appearing as a guest DJ in clubs all across the country.

 

CHRIS BARRETT, who began as a young business entrepreneur at the age of 14, has appeared in several award-winning documentaries and now directs them. As a senior in high school, Chris hit the national and international media by becoming the very first Corporate College Sponsored Student in America. He became a national “spokesguy” for FIRST USA, a division of Bank One. He garnered over 20 million dollars in publicity for the bank and over 80 million media impressions during the campaign. He has been featured on the Today Show, CBS Early Show, ABC, NBC, FOX, MSNBC, CNN and profiled in People magazine twice, including the “25 Most Intriguing people” issue.

 

Efren and Chris met at Sundance in 2004, which was the beginning of a great friendship and solid business partnership. Together they share a production company, Powerhouse Pictures Entertainment, LLC. Currently they are producing a groundbreaking documentary titled After School, which delves into the recent teacher student sex scandals that have hit the media. They talk to thousands of students every year about how to direct their own lives and careers.

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    My original interest in DIRECT YOUR OWN LIFE stemmed from the fact that I am a life coach, who helps people get in touch with their intuition and inspiration in order to create their best possible lives. DIRECT YOUR OWN LIFE not only gives people tips and ideas for discovering what is most exciting and fun for them, but it does so from the point of view of two young men who clearly walk their talk: Efren Ramirez and Chris Barrett. While these may not yet be household names, they have in common the fact that movies they appeared in ('The Corporation' and 'Napolean Dynamite') won them accolades at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, where they first met. The emphasis on viewing one's life as a movie can be exciting, as some of us may occasionally have entertained the idea of which famous actor or actress might play the starring role in our life if it were ever made into a movie. Some of the basic rules of good screenwriting are included in the form of how to best create a good story arc for your character... such as the fact that in order for your life to be truly wonderful, you're going to have to choose to make some choices as to how to change. Other helpful tips for writing your life movie include: make a list of what you love doing, observe people around you, dream big, start with the ending in mind and work backward to where you are, work hard, have fun, view obstacles as opportunities, find ways to help others with your dream, and follow your heart to find and maintain the integrity of your life story. One of the things I love the most about DIRECT YOUR OWN LIFE is that the authors share their stories of doing the very things they recommend, describing how they kept their goals in mind through all manner of challenges and setbacks. While these men may be considered young from a chronological perspective, the wisdom they impart is often very wise, such as the tip Chris provides that we can benefit from finding the motivation behind the 'No' when people turn us down... it might be based on jealousy, for example, which can provide us with further insights into how best to proceed. Efren points out that we ought never let lack of money be an excuse for not pursuing our dreams, because 'The less money you have, the more creative and dedicated you'll need to be, and that means a greater chance of success in the future.' I love the advice Chris and Efren provide about making money to support your work in creating your dream, so you can feel confident in yourself as saying 'Yes!' to your dream and helping make it happen. Rather than expecting someone else to make the initial investments in your dream, your own commitment to earning and spending the money required to make it come true will give you confidence at the same time as you see yourself moving forward toward your goal. Once your dream gets rolling, you can bring in your 'cast and crew' and seek investors and experts. DIRECT YOUR OWN LIFE is an excellent source book for all young people first wondering what career is right for them, and also for anyone who is realizing at any stage in life that they're ready for something more. This book provides a winning combination of exciting real-life stories, powerful examples, great tips and ideas, and memorable concepts... and it's written in such easy-to- read, down-to-Earth style that it's sure to inspire anyone to dust off their dreams and start making them come true. Highly recommended!

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