Have you heard of Maurice Micklewhite? If you’re under the age of 40, I doubt you will have. I’m sure you will have watched one of his movies though and heard his stage name, none other than legendary Michael Caine. So what can we business folk learn from an actor?
Caine is an awesome example of what you can achieve if you are prepared to persist. From humble beginnings, it took Caine ten years treading the local theatre boards, being fired from jobs, a broken marriage, being arrested and many dud shows before he achieved any success.
The man who became known for movies including Alfie, The Italian Job, Educating Rita, The Dark Night and Harry Brown understood the need to create opportunities. Before regular acting work starting coming his way, Caine took a job as a night porter that ensured that he was available for auditions during the daytime. Caine also understood the value of mentors. In his second autobiography he mentions Jimmy Butterworth from Clublands who supported his acting dreams as well as his agents who stopped him from being eaten alive by Hollywood. Caine has gone on to receive six Oscar nominations, winning Academy Awards for Hannah and Her Sisters and The Cider House Rules. He was knighted in 2000 in recognition of his contribution to cinema. How have you created opportunities and persisted to achieve your own success?