(Part 9) Layoffs, Makeovers & Comebacks: How Celebs Reinvent Their Careers – In 90 Days.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson vs. Jackie Chan. Who’d kick whose butt more? In the ring. Or on the big screen. Wrestler turned actor. Martial artist turned entertainer. The Rock plays tooth fairy. Chan plays babysitting spy next door. Appealing to a new audience. Showing more brilliance.
Who knew? That The Rock had soft skills. Seen as a body bruiser. Taking on the bone crusher. Thrilling young and old. With moves that were stone cold. Then reinventing himself. Tapping the child within. Becoming a Disney favorite. With a new work etiquette. Going from free-fall. To standing fairy-tall.
Maybe wrestling is acting (oops). Or karate’s good for entertaining. Does that explain the shift? From athlete to kid-sweet. A career has more. By looking at the core. Your strengths will forever be. The ticket to fresh notoriety. So even when pros retire. Trump picks them for celebrity hire.
Such a pretty face. Some say about The Rock. With the kind of smile. Not normally seen. On a wrestling pile. Going from WWE. To heartthrob at Disney. Follow the cash flow. Network with those in the know. Work on bringing a show. The marketplace is ready. For new pomp and pageantry.
The Rock scores points. Wrestling titles to boot. And a Hollywood career that suits. His Crossover appeal. Bringing grit to Wrestlemania. Becoming a hit at Disneymania. A mover and shaker. A big-time money-maker. All in a day’s work. From someone you’d never call a jerk.
Hip Tip: Reinventing your career means appealing to a new audience as well as the child in you.
Blog Talkback: Jackie Chan vs. The Rock. Whose original star power seemed a better match for the children’s hour?