Goodbye, World!

The traditional first post on a WordPress blog is “Hello, World!;” but I’m a soap opera writer, and couldn’t resist adding a little melodrama as I say farewell to a world I’ve inhabited for 13 years – As the World Turns.

When I first heard the news (last November) that the show had been canceled (our last air date is September 17), I wondered what I’d do next.

Buy How Did You Get That Job?The first thought that came to mind was the book I’d written during the writer’s strike a couple of years ago. It’s called How Did You Get That Job? My Dream Jobs and How They Came True. I would need money. Why not finally work on selling the book?

When I thought about how to approach that, what I wanted most was to talk to other people about their dream jobs and how they got them. I love meeting people who enjoy their work. They have enthusiasm, and energy, and passion!

Who would I interview first? Anita Hollander. Anita is an actor-writer-director who has worked the miracle of sustaining a career in the arts in New York City for a couple of decades.

So I excitedly interviewed Anita with plans of promoting the play she was doing last May; but I just couldn’t get it together that fast. We were so busy wrapping up World Turns, and then I was just sad… so sad.

That’s when I got the bright idea of interviewing the folks at ATWT. I had a whole studio of dream job holders at my disposal. How could I pass that up?

Since my home is in Atlanta, and the show was shot in New York, I haven’t even visited the studio in eight years. It’s an odd feeling, working in tandem with people who read your words, edit your words, enact your words, produce your words – and yet, you never see each other, and rarely even speak by phone.

I wanted to get to meet (and, in some cases, reconnect) with my fellow Oakdale alums. And more than that, I wanted to celebrate them.

What’s on the How Did You Get That Job blog?

  • A special report called, How to Get a Job Fast! You can get that for free just by subscribing to the newsletter; plus…
  • Interviews with folks who’ve found their dream jobs; plus…
  • Insight from people who hire people: like executive producer, Chris Goutman and casting director, Mary Clay Boland; plus…
  • Job Search Tips – I intentionally kept How Did You Get That Job? short, sweet, easy-to-follow and easy to read. In these tips, you’ll find some of the stories and “lessons earned” I left out of the book.
  • For those of you who are gainfully employed, I’d also like to pay my mortgage, so I’m selling the ebook version of the book. You can buy that by clicking here.

If you’re searching for a job, you’ve come to the right place for guidance. If you’re a soap fan, like me, you’ll enjoy the “behind the scenes” view. And if you’re someone who’s always wanted to sail the world, or throw clay or join the circus – be inspired by the truth reinforced here:

Dream jobs really do come true…

About Susan Dansby

Susan Dansby has received four Emmy® Awards and two Writers Guild Awards for her work on the soap opera, AS THE WORLD TURNS. She is the author of HOW DID YOU GET THAT JOB? MY DREAM JOBS AND HOW THEY CAME TRUE.
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