Known best for her role within the iconic Cabaret (penned by Christopher Isherwood, who was ‘over it’ way before Paris Hilton), Liza Minnelli is the fountain of wisdom we’re lapping from today! As well as being an eccentric and eclectic singer and actress, Liza has had a fair few quotable moments in her time that can be used to accelerate you along in your careers journey.
“Reality is something you rise above.”
Sometimes reality can feel like a real kick in the teeth, the post-graduation job application process in particular. No matter how motivated and driven you feel going into it, after hours and hours filing out online application forms even the best of us feels defeated. The trick is to elevate yourself above it all. Make sure in your down time you’re not stressing over it all. Watch your favourite show, loose yourself in a book, have a drink (or three) – do things that take you out of it all. It can be too easy to feel totally submerged but if you make a conscience effort to take care of your wellbeing you’ll be in a much better headspace for making those applications.
“You have to work hard for it, but first you have to want it, and then you have to dream on it.”
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Hard work is one thing, but really wanting something is what keeps you driven and moving forward. More than that, really visualising something is so important. We’ve all really wanted something before, only to get it and be disappointed in the end. If there’s a career path you’re contemplating, can you really visualise the day-to-day? Looking at profiles of people doing similar jobs (there are loads floating about online) will help stimulate your imagination.
“If we had a hard time, my mother would sit me down and we would talk about it, and she kept talking and kept processing until we started to laugh about it.”
Talking things over with somebody is a really important part of any decision-making process. Things often don’t feel real until you’ve articulated them, when you’ve organised your thoughts and put them out there into the world. If you want to have a chat about any aspect of your career journey then pop into SOAS Careers (SL62, Senate House) between the hours of 10am and 5pm and one of our glamorous careers consultants will talk things over with you.
“I love finding talent. Just to encourage people is a good thing. Every night, the audience encourages me. I’m just passing it on.”
Just like Liza, you gotta find people who will build you up, who will encourage you. We all remember that one teacher who gave us encouragement, or that person at work who took us under their wing. Whilst we don’t all have an audience of adoring fans, if you really think about it there are a number of people in all our lives who encourage us: whether it’s your mum or your professor. The important thing to remember is to pay it forward! Encourage those around you and really want for them to do well, and it’ll make you feel really good. A good, positive headspace is the best way to get the best out of yourself.
“I’m not a very good singer. I just know how to present a song, and honey, I think I’ve been through enough to do it right.”
This one is a personal favourite of mine. Whether it’s your career or your studies, we’ve all been in that situation where we’re asked to do something we don’t feel 100% confident doing. In those situations the trick is to put your own spin on it. Each and every one us has unique talents, skills, or perspectives – bring these to bear on the things you do and you’ll really shine! Liza might not be the best singer in the world but her performances are legendary for a reason.
And remember! If somebody says you can’t do it, those are some…
James Hallett, Volunteering Advisor