Karl Henry: Persistence pays
Colin Clark was just finished school and really wanted to get into the movie business. He went to meet the producer of a film in London who promptly snubbed him completely.
Determined to keep going, Colin went back day after day and simply sat in reception, hoping to talk to the producer, to no avail. But he kept going back anyway.
One day, while the receptionist was on lunch, the phone rang. Colin picked it up, took the message and passed it on to the producer. But still he was ignored.
This became a regular occurrence. Each lunch break he essentially ran the reception desk. Then one day the receptionist was taken sick, so Colin was asked to fill in. Finally, the producer called him into the office and asked him to find a house for the main star. Colin was now in the business.
Working hard and delivering on what he was asked, he went on to become a production assistant – an essential link between the producer and the temperamental star.
That star was Marilyn Monroe, and Colin soon became one of the few men in the world to kiss one of history's biggest sex symbols.
The moral of the story is, if you want something, don't stop until you get it. You never know – you might find your Marilyn.