Photo courtesy of MSN.com
Standing, L-R: Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner
Sitting, L-R: Jerry O’Connell, Corey Feldman, Will Wheaton
Now while I rarely discuss men’s fashion, I think this picture speaks volumes. It perfectly encapsulates much of what I’ve preached for years, that how you dress for work determines your level of success. All of these men are actors, all have appeared on camera, all knew cameras would be present for the reunion DVD launch, yet only one bothered to dress like he’s a star enjoying a lucrative career: Jerry O’Connell .
When I first looked at the photo, my attention was drawn to Will Wheaton’s crazy shoes, then to Corey Feldman’s white socks, then to Mr. GQ, Jerry O’Connell. It’s ironic that in the movie, Jerry played the fat kid everyone made of fun of; now he’s enjoying the most visible career of all of them, and he dresses like it.
I guess what surprised me most about this is that all these men know better. This wasn’t a candid shot on set that someone put up on a website. This wasn’t a backyard barbecue that some paparazzo with a telephoto lens caught while hiding in a tree. This was a product promotion. Everyone knew pictures would be taken and they knew those images would go global by the end of the day. Yet Dreyfuss, Reiner, and Wheaton all reported to the photo shoot looking like they’d been pulled out of bed for a 4 am makeup call. Feldman fared a little better, but still looks a bit like a clueless college kid with the white socks. Only O’Connell looks camera-ready. In an industry where image is everything, only 20% of the group made the effort to dress the part – the man with the most visible (and probably the most lucrative) career.
So what can you learn from this?
It’s so easy to be lazy. It’s so easy not to make an effort, which is why most people don’t.
So learn which business attire is appropriate for you and dress like the star of your industry that you are (or aspire to be) – especially when cameras are present. You never know where your pictures might end up.