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All covet -- all lose

By  Sep 29, 2007

Topics: Programming, C/C++

Seldom does one get to see a nascent stage talent, knowing that that guy or lady has what it takes to become a star. Sadly, most of those promising talents never make it, be it because they chose the wrong agent or PR office, or simply because they try to bite off more than they can chew. A former American Idol 6 candidate is a living example.

In a different world, only three months before the dreaded Y2K bug (which never materialized) and mental light years before 9/11, I saw Les Miserables at the Palace theater in London. It was an exceptionally good performance primarily due to a mesmerizing Marius. In mid September 1999, his name was Tom Lucas. A 20 years old actor with a remarkably good voice, excellent mimics and dancing skills (you can get a glimpse of that Marius here). I could tell right away: Tom isn't only one of the best Mariuses ever. Rather, he is one of the better West End actors I've seen on stage. Alas, by mid 2001, the promising talent had all but vanished from the West End.

A few weeks ago, Tom Lucas re-emerged from the shadows. His name is now Tom Lowe. If this name rings a bell, it's probably because you've watched American Idol 6 in which Tom Lowe had an audition and a few performances. He also sang the Star Spangled Banner at Fenway Park prior to a Boston Red Sox game.

6 years make quite a difference: the wonder boy is not a boy anymore but the talent is certainly there. His MySpace page reveals his whereabouts in the last six years: "I'm a Brit, living in Los Angeles, doing a bit of this and that, singing in a band, doing voice overs, working in full time TTA (trying to act), and TTM (trying to model), getting sucked in to reality TV shows…"

Looks like Tom was at a crossroad -- the one where emerging talents (and not only they) have to decide between committing themselves totally to a specialized field (acting, singing, dancing -- or programming) and gain worldwide success, or doing "a little bit of this and that", eventually fading into oblivion. We all face this dilemma at least once in our lifetime. Is there one best choice we should stick to or should we aim at every possible target? In my opinion, the answer is "all covet -- all lose", meaning: focus your efforts on one strategic goal and achieve it instead of aiming at too targets at once, eventually losing all of them.

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