The New Career Path

UPDATED: January 8, 2020
PUBLISHED: November 14, 2019

You are a freelancer, whether you work in an organization or whether you go out and get your own clients.

There are so many people who are worried about following a nontraditional career path, perhaps becoming freelance. But you are a freelancer whether you work in an organization or go out and get your own clients.

Many of us hold ourselves back and settle for job security instead of leaning into our passions or following nontraditional career paths, but that “what if” is going to stay in the back of your mind until you take action.

So, acknowledge the fact that there is really no such thing as a traditional, safe career path anymore. Instead, look to embrace the fact that you are a freelancer and you have skills that are valuable. Ask yourself, Who can I serve with the skills that I have? If your answer leads to an nontraditional career path, perhaps writing or acting or music, just know that many people have succeeded at this before you. Why should you be any different?

You can succeed doing anything you put your mind to as long as it comes from the heart.

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Richard Janes is an EmmyⓇ winning Personal Brand expert and the founder of Hollywood based digital agency Fanology. His unique approach to personal branding has launched, revived, and catapulted the careers of many actors, athletes, musicians, television hosts, business executives, and entrepreneurs. He takes a holistic view of personal branding, believing that a personal brand can only be successful if implemented through every aspect of a person’s life and that the key to a successful personal brand is its growth from an individual's unique life purpose.

In 2010, Richard became one of Hollywood’s go-to social media pioneers, working to develop online brands for hundreds of celebrities ranging from Larry King to young Disney stars, such as Ashley Tisdale. Through his strategy and insight, his clients have amassed considerable influence in their chosen fields using their unique gifts and abilities to increase personal wealth and live a more authentic life.

After a serious illness, forced was Richard to take stock of his own life. It was then he created a process called the Minimum Viable Person™, a system inspired by Silicon Valley’s minimum viable product. In adopting the MVP lifestyle, a person is able to define their life purpose, set a mission, take a series of low-risk, high-reward steps to implementing their purpose, and then quickly validate the results their new actions are having across all aspects of their life.

When Richard is not coaching his personal brand clients or speaking on stage, Richard is leading Fanology, a full-service digital agency he founded in 2010. With offices in Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco and Oklahoma City his award-winning team works with industry-leading brands such as Toyota, Lexus, Microsoft, LiveNation, P&G, and The Special Olympics, to identify their Superfans and help tell their stories, build brand loyalty, and attract more customers to cross over and become the enormously valuable Superfan.

In 2018 Richard and his wife relocated their family from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles to experience the calmer life of Oklahoma living where they spend their time fishing, riding horses, and enjoying the weather. When not commuting between Fanology’s offices, traveling for speaking engagements, or visiting his personal brand clients, Richard sits on a number of boards and continues to flex his love of storytelling through various writing, directing, and acting projects.