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Do you remember Jonah Hill in his breakout film SUPERBAD? If not the image below may jot your memory:
Now if you’ve seen Superbad then you know that Jonah Hill’s character was the opposite of serious and the furthest thing from a successful type of character in that rib cracking comedy.
Jonah Hill then compounded this less than serious persona by following up with more comedy box office hits including:
With a movie rap sheet like that it’s easy to see why you may have been somewhat surprised by the title of today’s post being: WHAT JONAH HILL CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT SUCCESS.
With that said Jonah Hill famously surprised the film industry and changed the perception of movie goers when he starred in the serious drama film Moneyball with Brad Pitt in 2011 which saw him nominated for much coveted Oscar for best supporting actor in a feature film.
Whilst he built an insanely successful career as a comedy heavyweight, as with many comedic actors it can naturally be more challenging to take them as seriously as people that would have incredible success and drive within their own lives.
Starring alongside Bradd Pitt in the very successful Moneyball and displaying a wider skill set and diverse acting ability certainly changed peoples perceptions but Jonah Hill immediately followed up this role with the less than serious and very goofy 21 Jump Street and it’s sequel 22 Jump Street with Channing Tatum.
I did so as a reminder that often there is far more to people and their lives than the jobs they hold, the personality they portray and the people they choose to spend their time with.
It turns out that Jonah Hill is a very intelligent, incredibly passionate and hard working professional who possesses the humility and foresight to realise that SACRIFICE in the short term can lead to great success in the long term.
You may be familiar with the 2013 smash hit drama THE WOLF OF WALL STREET starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by the famous Martin Scorsese. Leonardo DiCaprio was paid $10 Million dollars for playing the lead role in Wolf of Wall Street. This sum which was paid for the 6 month shoot breaks down to:
It turns out that despite him non serious roles, Jonah Hill is as serious as cancer when it comes to film, acting and also writing as he is a writer as well as actor and studied all 3 specialities at film school in New York after growing up in California.
It also turns out that like so many other aspiring writers that Martin Scorsese is Jonah Hill’s “creative hero”.
The combination of having immense admiration and respect for Leonardo Di Caprio and a total obsession with Martin Scorsese led to Jonah pushing his manager to put him forward for the role of Leonardo Dio Caprio’s friend and business partner in the Wolf of Wall Street.
A short time later Jonah Hill’s manager sent him the movie script for the Wolf of Wall St which was exciting, but it was delivered with the news that Jonah “was at the very bottom of a long list of better and more accomplished actors” all desperate to start alongside Leo Di Caprio and directed by Scorsese.
After reading the movie script 3 times Jonah was not just desperate to be in this film, he was overcome with an obsession to play a part he felt was unintentionally written for him.
In order to make his dream a reality and appear in a film starring Leo Di Caprio and directed by Martin Scorsese, Jonah Hill did the following:
The real story is the TRADE OFF that took place. Martin Scorsese and the producers of Wolf of Wall Street felt that in order to pass on far “better” and more accomplished actors than Jonah Hill, they would save some cash as making a movie is a business first and offered Jonah what is known as “SCALE” in the film industry.
Scale is the minimum wage that the SAG or screen actor guild’s has imposed upon any producers creating a film. The scale minimum wage had been set at $60’000. So whilst Di Caprio was being paid $10 million dollars for the 6 month shoot, Jonah Hill would receive 1/166th of that price tag to work for the same six month period.
So this means that despite being gifted his dream role playing alongside our generations most successful actor and directed by potentially any generations most successful director, Jonah Hill had to do so for minimum wage despite being an Oscar nominated star of Moneyball and leading or supporting actor in many huge and commercially successful films including The 40 year old Virgin, Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
So how do you think Jonah Hill, the successful and usually very high paid actor (millions of dollars per movie) reacted to this minimum wage offer? Instead of throwing a hissy fit, demanding a meeting with the studio heads and commencing a chess game of back and forth salary negotiations Jonah hill instead make one DEMAND:
Jonah Hill made this demand because he realises that a SUCCESS PRICE can’t be placed on experience and the skill development that would come from being apart of such a role. If you’re actively seeking success and have made the effort to invest in your own personal development then as sure as the sun rises and falls, you would have read or been told about the power of finding mentors and learning from them for future or sustained success.
And by signing on for minimum wage despite having the skills, experience and track record to be paid millions, Jonah Hill knew that spending 6 months with the likes of Di Caprio and Scorsese and all that he would learn in that time would be an experience he would have PAID FOR or done FOR FREE which is why $60’000 would have been like an added bonus for Jonah Hill.
Essentially he was being paid a sum of money to live out his dream and spend 6 months soaking up knowledge and experience that would help grow his career and put millions and millions of dollars back into his bank account over the remainder of his career. And you know what, IT PAID OFF
I’ve included 2 videos below that I suggest you watch:
So what’s the take out and how can you apply what Jonah Hill did to your own pursuit of success? See my suggestions below:
I implore you to watch the videos below and use them as yet another motivational to start you off on or keep you on your own personal path to success however and whatever that looks like to you.
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