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Do you ever wish actors made better career choices?  Do you think they’re chasing the wrong career path?  Well, I’ve got some answers for them.  Entirely unsolicited.

Since my former career was in Human Resources, and I did a bit of talent management, I’ve got a pretty solid feel for placing people in the path of success.  And being that I have zero experience with Hollywood casting other than what I saw on Project Greenlight, I’m going to use my powers for good and goose up some careers that seem to be going off the rails.  And I’m not only going to pick people whose careers not only need a nudge in the right direction, but people whose careers I’d love to see flourish.

My inaugural candidate is Jennifer Garner.  No longer Sydney Bristow, prepare to get Career Counseling.

Career Summary
Plucked from obscurity (like one of “the girls” in the seminal epic “Dude, Where’s My Car?”), she rocketed to fame as the star of J. J. Abrams’s Alias, for which she won a Golden Globe (with a few more nominations) and was nominated for four Emmys.

Transitioning back to the screen, she took on Marvel Comics’ Elektra, first as a side note in the ill-delivered Daredevil film and then in her own titular box office failure.  She made a modest hit with “13 Going on 30”, and has become a rom-com staple over the last few years.  Made Broadway debut in Cyrano de Bergerac, to good reviews and a sold-out run.  Had a well-received supporting role in Juno.

Career Problems

  • Once considered an heir to Julia Roberts for her easy charm, winning smile, and ability to look good in whatever she wore
  • Trapped in the female rom-com roles with no end in sight

Career Potential

  • Box Office Draw: Moderately high
  • Awards: Needs a good role, hasn’t proven to be able to make something out of nothing

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