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Career Coach: The Power of Words

Words can have a powerful effect on colleagues, coworkers, loved ones and even those you don’t know. With your words, you can change someone’s world.

Words can have a powerful effect on colleagues, coworkers, loved ones and even those you don’t know.  I want to thank one of my AWN readers for his thank you note.  I have not felt like writing anything in my column for several months since my brother Drew Kleibrink took his life on April 11.  One of my readers sent a thank you note yesterday that gave me my voice back--thanks Roy!

This is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving and there is so much to be thankful for–the chance to wake up in the morning and do something, meet someone, help someone, thank someone, love someone.  Write a thank you note to a family member, friend, boss, coworker, teacher, or someone you haven’t met yet.  You have a chance to impact their world.  With your words, you can change someone’s world.

Dear Pamela,

Many thanks for adding me to your Linkedin Profile.

The reason why I asked to connect with you, was to be able to send you a personal message.

10 years ago, I used to regularly read your career coach column on AWN web site.

It was really inspiring for me to read your words back when I was an animation student at Vancouver Film School.
But there was one article that really pushed me further, I think it was about getting out of your comfort zone. About relocating, and chasing your dream.

10 years ago, I started a journey around the world, working in different studios , gaining experience, meeting amazing artists, working on wonderful projects, seeing the good and bad side of this industry,  and climbing up the ladder to be a better artist and a better animator.

After almost 8 years I landed a job at Dreamworks Animation Studio, where I worked for 2 years.

It was a dream come true to reach the top, after so many years of working hard.

But I never forgot that article of yours. It was always sat at the back of my mind. "keep moving forward, you'll reach it if you'll work hard. everything is possible."

And for that I want to say a big THANK YOU!!!!

Thank you for inspiring me!

Im happy to hear you still write that column of yours, and I'm sure there are many people like me, who read your words and get inspired to chase their dream in this crazy and wonderful world of animation.

Thank you again,

And I wish you only the best,

Roy :)  


Pamela Kleibrink Thompson is a career coach specializing in helping creative people succeed.  She also recruits for companies in visual effects, animation, games and design.  She speaks at schools and conferences about networking, goal setting and the invisible resume.  To reach her for recruiting or speaking engagements or for a private consultation to learn how to create a career you love, email