It’s Never Too Late for Reinvention

May 10, 2023

In 2019, I walked away from a 30-plus-year career in the television industry… and everyone thought I was crazy. 

My career began as an UNPAID intern for a movie studio, which no longer exists.

I worked as a Production Assistant on a feature film, but the movie was never released. 

I landed a secretarial job working for a movie producer, but I was let go after six weeks. 

Needless to say, I was not off to a great start. 

My brother David, an entertainment attorney, introduced me to two young writers who hired me as their assistant. They went on to create the Emmy award-winning series, “The Wonder Years,” but they left the show after the first season.

So, I was out of a job… again. 

I took another assistant job, for that same television studio, before eventually landing my FIRST executive gig at ABC. 

Over that next decade, I bounced around to a few different studios before landing my LAST executive role at the USA network, where I stayed for 16 years. At USA, my team and I developed and launched a dozen hit series. 

While I can summarize it all in a few paragraphs now, it was not an easy journey. Although, there were a lot of highs — awards shows, red carpet events, interesting people, amazing friends, travel, it was also a relentless, competitive, and shape-shifting industry of dysfunction.

Basically, it was sucking the life out of me. 

So, when I had the opportunity to leave on a high note, and reinvent myself in my mid-50s, that’s what I did.

I learned to meditate. I went back to yoga. I started taking classes and reading books on self-care and mindset, and ultimately, I became a certified life coach. 

I am a big believer in reinvention. My philosophy is that it is never too late to try something new. It is never too late to go after a dream or to redefine who you want to be.

On today’s episode of “The OverThinker’s Guide To Joy,” I have the pleasure of interviewing former professional surfer, Micah Nickens. After his pro-surfing career, Micah went to work for one of the biggest brands in the surf world. After 22 years with that company, he has now launched his own lifestyle brand called Uncles Movement.

Uncles Movement is an apparel company, but so much more. It’s a movement that embodies the saying, “Age is just a number.” You can listen to this inspiring conversation here or wherever you get your podcasts. 

Happy Wednesday!

xo, Jackie

If you are ready to make some kind of change in your life, but not sure where to start, you can schedule a free consultation with me by clicking here

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