People who complain that today's generation is lazy, entitled, or lacking patience, seem to forget who raised us. The truth of the matter is that today's Millennial generation strives for #SUCCESS more than any others before them. We want to be successful. We want to work our asses off to get to the top. But “How?” is the big question. When it comes to answering it, we're lost.
The reason we strive to be on reality television, or overnight YouTube sensations, is not because we are not willing to put the work in to earn success. It's because the generation that raised us did not properly prepare us for an economical downfall that would leave us even more screwed than Jodi Arias' defense attorneys. Sorry, Mom and Dad, it's true. In all reality, the reason we seek the quick payoff, is because we are resourceful, realizing that now more than ever, patience, well, AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FO DAT!
That's the situation I found myself in at the beginning of this year when I was unemployed and desperate for options.
I sent a video of myself lip-syncing “Call Me Maybe” on top of a bar in Connecticut to the casting department at “Big Brother.” I figured that if I could survive living in a house with my mom at the peak of her menopause, I could survive living with reality show rejects for a chance at winning $500,000.
Three months later, I received a phone call.
“Congratulations! You're a semi-finalist for the new season of 'Big Brother,'” I heard on the other end.
I just knew that this was my chance to get my parents off my back for having to pay my student loans, FINALLY move out of my house, and make a sex tape with Farrah from “Teen Mom!”
A few days later I found myself at a top secret location for an on-camera interview.
“You were born to get cast on any reality show you ever tried out for,” I was told. “You'd be perfect for this show! However, you were on 'I Survived A Japanese Game Show' and we might get crap for that.”
“Say what?” I questioned.
“I'll fight for you to producers, and email you personally either way, because I'd like to see you on the show”.
A few weeks later, I opened an email that explained that, after discussing it in a meeting, producers decided they couldn't move forward with me because of my prior experience.
I was unemployed, living with my parents, student loans facing default, and I was too famous for “Big Brother?”
Shortly after, I answered a phone call from an entertainment manager that heard about me, loved one of my YouTube videos, and wanted to meet with me! Maybe it's not patience that older generations should preach on us. Maybe it's perseverance. Instead, be impatient, do whatever it takes, and be yourself - just always persevere, because something great could be waiting around the corner…