Eloise Lynton Harvard student class of 2017, learned firsthand of the obscure talents held by acquaintances when she attended a school opera produced by her roommate. As astonished as she was by how great the opera turned out, she may one day be doubly astonished to see her friend’s name attached to a movie blockbuster, considering her roommate’s studies at Harvard are in neurobiology. This wouldn’t be a new phenomenon because the entertainment world has its share of celebrities whose first college major wasn’t anywhere close to the industry.

Behind the Scenes

In 2005, Larry David was inducted into the University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame. History doesn’t seem a glamorous or particularly outgoing subject, but four years after graduating, David started his entertainment career as a stand-up comedian. Even without the major success he enjoyed with Seinfeld, or his two Emmy awards, David had considerable success writing and acting on shows like Saturday Night Live and Fridays. He has continued with other entertainment projects in writing, directing, producing, and acting roles.

The Other Side of the Microphone

Some will be as flabbergasted to learn Mick Jagger was knighted as they are by his first career choice. His bad boy image is in direct contrast to accounting and finance! Jagger attended the London School of Economics for two years, dropping out to make his mark on the world as a Rolling Stone. And make his mark he did. Jagger has been in the music business well over 50 years. He’s been inducted into the U.S.A. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the UK Music Hall of Fame.

The Front Side of a Camera

Lisa Kudrow’s brilliance at playing a ditzy blonde matches the braininess that got her accepted into the biology department at prestigious Vassar College. Left-handed Kudrow planned to follow in her doctor father’s footsteps and even worked on research for headaches with him in his labs. But, the acting bug bit and Kudrow went on to a hugely successful career mostly epitomizing airhead blondes on television and the big screen. Her work as producer, director, and writing isn’t as well known as her onscreen presence; however, she has had several acclaimed works in those areas.

These, and so many others, have been so good with their crafts that people think they know all about them. Childhood friends, classmates, and even family members may have the same reaction the people of long ago Nazareth had when Jesus came back to preach. As recorded in Mark 6:2- And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things?- could be interpreted as “who does he think he is!” In our modern words we often quote an old adage, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” But what the personas of people in the entertainment business teach us is we only see what they want us to see. There is so much more to everyone than what is displayed on the surface. So, spice up your life a bit- let your friends and family see the work side of you, expose your co-workers to a smidgen of your own special identity, and revisit your teenage hopes and dreams- astonish someone!

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