Lesson from La La Land

Last week I flew to New Zealand for work and watched the much acclaimed movie, La La Land. You know, the movie that won best picture for about 30 seconds. It’s a bit of a feel good musical so probably not my favourite genre. Pulp Fiction is my favourite move of all time so black humour is a long way from a feel good musical. But I was sort of hooked from the start when the main character’s name was Mia Dolan played by Emma Stone.

The movie follows Mia’s path as a struggling actress as well as the toils of jazz musician Sebastian Wilder, played by Ryan Gosling. In fairness he may have had me hooked a bit also.

Mia grapples with one failed audition after another. On the brink of giving up she goes to one more audition where she is informed that there is no script. They advise her that the TV show is about a women living in Paris and they are going to build the character on the successful actress so, ‘just tell us a story. Everyone has a story right?’

And that she does. The story she tells of her Aunt living in Paris, means she gets the role and goes on to become a famous actress.

So what is the lesson we can learn from La La land? One take away message we can learn is how much day-to-day life, including traffic jams, looks and feels so much better when you can sing and dance your way through it! OK so I get it’s Hollywood and apparently not everything that happens in Hollywood is real.

In all seriousness, there is another lesson we can learn from this movie.

Learn how to tell a good and purposeful story….it has positive impacts on your career.

Gabrielle Dolan is a trainer, mentor and keynote speaker specialising in storytelling, thought leadership and women in leadership. She is considered a global thought leader in storytelling and an expert in business communications. She is the founder of Jargon Free Fridays and her latest book Stories for Work: The Essential Guide to Business Storytelling is available onlineand in all reputable bookstores. You can contact Gabrielle at www.gabrielledolan.com


Originally published at gabrielledolan.com on March 28, 2017.

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