Lin-Manuel on SNL – Finding Your Role

Lin-Manuel Miranda is seen in New York, New York on Tuesday September 2, 2015.

Was watching Lin-Manuel on Saturday Night Live and it made me think about the importance of finding your role.

Lin-Manuel is a rapper.  He can spit bars with the best of them.  His monologue on SNL proved that.  He flowed effortlessly and he had some great punchlines.

But Lin-Manuel isn’t known as a rapper.  He’s known as a playwright for creating Hamilton.

What if he had thought that the only way he could share his talent was by making a single to get played on commercial radio.

What if he thought he was only a rapper if he made a mixtape or an album?

With all of his success it sounds silly, but we often look at talent with a narrow viewpoint.

The thing is, the rules have changed.

A few weeks ago I got a gig that I would never have expected.  I was doing voice over for a childrens  cartoon.  I played the role of a rapping dog.  Back when I started rapping out twenty-plus years ago this would be the furthest thing from my mind, but it was fun.  It worked.

Sometimes you have to think out of the box…

Or sometimes you just need to try new things until you stumble on the right one.

 

 

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