"I bet you could figure out the combined grosses of people who came off Saturday Night Live in the movies — me, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd. I bet it's like $15 billion. That show's like Harvard for the comic actor. When you come off that show and get into the movie business, it's like you're moving into slow motion for a couple of years. You've been working like a crazy person in this pressure cooker, then you're in the movies, just sitting in your trailer."
That's a quote pulled from a great rundown of the career of Eddie Murphy by Bill Simmons over at Grantland (Click here to read the whole article). Loved the article, because who in Gen X doesn't remember Raw, 48 Hours, Coming to America, etc?
But the quote grabbed me. With all the talk about work/life balance and how the new kids want that over anything else, one thing is for sure...
The kids who pay the dues are going to be the ones who are running the show in 15 years. That's why if you have kids or a niece, nephew or other type of young professional in your life, you should wish them one thing from a carer perspective: A crystallizing career experience that almost kills them, but gives them 15 years of experience in 3-4 years in the career field of their choice.
A consutling shop where they travel 4 days a week to clients and have to "fake it until they make it". A gig in a creative shop where they go 80 hours in one week on the project that's going to save the company, and they do that once a month for 3 years.
You know what I'm talking about. Crazy work. Unbelievable experience. The baseline that's going to allow them to lead others based on all the IP that ends up in their heads.
Then, when they turn 30, they can get married and have kids. Buy a mini-van. <fill in your cliche here>.
Children are our future (see clip below). Eddie Murphy knows the truth. So should we.