Lesley King: My Story
My thoughts have changed since I was a kid heading to college. I had no idea what I wanted to do when I grew up. Then I found my path to film production. I was hooked. I thought I was finished with discovery.
I struggled like many others when I got out of school. Nobody had taught me the skills to get a job with my degree.
I learned how to network.
I got established freelancing in Film production on commercials. I started working on movies and TV shows. I moved to LA to work on a hot new series. I was crushing it. It was LA!
At first it was exciting and new. I was working all the time. I was in film mecca. I looked around and started to see where my goals would take me. Then I started to question my path. I was asking questions like:
- Is this really what I want?
- What is important to me?
- How do I want to live my life?
I wanted a different life than the one I saw my peers living.
I had never thought about doing anything else once I found film production.
- What is wrong with me?
- How can I change what I worked so hard for?
- Am I sure I didn’t want to do this anymore?
I started to really look at what I wanted in my life:
- I want more control my schedule.
- I want to give back to my community.
- I want to make a difference in individual’s lives.
I didn’t have these thoughts when I started my career.
Or at least I didn’t think about anything except getting work.
I saw people working long hours and back to back shows without a break. I realized that that was not how I wanted to live. I wanted balance. That wasn’t going to happen in film production in LA..
I knew it was time for a change. I didn’t have a Plan B
I knew I was ready for a change. I just didn’t know what was next.
This led me on a path of discovery. I tried a few different professions even got back into film production while going through a hellish divorce.
By this point I had reinvented myself a few times. I had a method that I used in the past and here I was using it again. I designed my life and career by looking at my skills, my interests and all of my experiences with work and life.
The things I do as a coach are what I have done for years. I have supported people reaching their goals and find more happiness in their lives by recognizing their gifts and dreams.
I have come to believe that there isn’t just one career, one love, or one life for most people. All of the experiences in my life and work have led me here today. And I am happy. Happy that I have had numerous careers, happy that I have had more than one love in my life and happy to have had many life experiences so far.
Now, I love the life I live.