The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is not just for wrestling fans. The story is told through the lens of wrestling, but the lessons can apply to anyone in search of a dream career.
The play opens with Macedonio Guerra (aka Mace) recounting his childhood in the Bronx. He is a six-year-old boy playing with his brothers on Saturday morning, moments before professional wrestling airs on television. The boys play with plastic “wrestling guys” and test out wrestling moves on each other.
Mace’s grandfather walks in on the wrestling chaos in the living room and says, “It takes most people a long time to know what they love in life, Grandson. But I think you already know.” As a professional wrestler later in life, Mace reflects, “And he was right… I got a job doing exactly what I love.”
How amazing is that? Don’t you wish you had a job doing exactly what you love?
“She said that the people she knows who are happiest in their adult lives are pretty much doing what they were doing when they were ten. One friend used to watch endless television as a child and now he is a television writer. Another friend played with dollhouses much past the point of ‘social appropriateness’ and is now an interior decorator.”
Mace watched professional wrestling on television and became one of THE Wrestlers.
Can you think back to what you loved to do as a child? Is it incorporated in your current career?
Younger generations have tried to link passions and careers. We no longer believe that work has to be miserable. The old adage that they wouldn’t call it work if it was fun is not the prevailing wisdom anymore. Young people want to find fulfillment in careers.
Mace has fulfilled his dream, but he doesn’t feel fulfilled.
Mace: …unlike other jobs where when you get really good, you become a boss or a star or you get paid more… When you get really good at the wrestling part of the wrestling business, you’re not rewarded. You’re unrewarded. …I go to the bottom in the minds of the boss because I’m losing so much, and as bad as I want to walk in to his corporate nightmare office and remind him that wrestling is not a legitimate sporting event and I am losing because he is writing scripts that tell me to lose, as bad as I want to tell my boss that, I don’t tell him nothing. Because it’s actually a good job. A dream job.
Is it really a dream job if you are not rewarded and you are forced to hold your tongue? Mace seems to think so, but he’s also conflicted. He wants to be appreciated for his skills and ideas. He’s living out his childhood dream, but as a kid he never knew about the behind-the-scenes politics and conflicts.
The same is true for many non-wrestlers who think they are following their passion:
“I live in the Washington, DC area, where it’s common for people to choose their profession based on their passion for an issue or ideology. Constantly refreshed with young master’s-in-policy graduates, the city easily sustains its idealistic zeal. Still, I often see those fresh with passion wilt after the day-to-day reality of ‘changing the world’ sets in. As federal employees, they’re quickly disenchanted with the bureaucratic culture of CYA that slows forward motion to a near standstill and the Kool-Aid that suffocates innovation. As consultants to the federal government, they quickly realize it’s more about keeping federal clients happy than delivering effective solutions. I once heard a consultant say, ‘I got into this because I wanted to change the world and look at me now.’ As non-profit executives, they are faced with the necessity of fundraising and the realization that even in organizations focused on a common cause, egos encumber advancement.” –Figuring Out Fulfillment
I guess we have to concede that no job is perfect and even a dream career has its daily challenges. Egos get in the way in professional wrestling and in other professions. There are plenty of larger-than-life egos to enjoy as you watch The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety and see Mace struggle with the reality of working for THE Wrestling.
Have you found your dream career? Does it align with your childhood passions? Do you feel fulfilled?
-Teresa Philipp, Claque & Working Group Member