The other day I decided to bake a cake. I found a recipe, scanned over the ingredients and decided to roll up my sleeves and make it. I started pouring things into a mixer when I realized that it was a fairly complex recipe, one that called for separating ingredients into different bowls, and using multiple mixers. Half way through I said out loud, “This is not efficient!” I was not willing to start over and follow the steps exactly, nor was I willing to give up and scrap the cake entirely. I decided to wing it, threw together what I thought was appropriate and put it into the oven. 45 minutes later I had a finished cake that I believed to be sufficiently delicious. This is my parable of the Manifesting Generator.
I have been on a cooking kick lately because we recently watched The Chef Show on Netflix. If you’re not familiar- it is a show about director, actor, screenwriter and producer Jon Favreau and chef Roy Choi. In 2014 Jon Favreau wrote, directed, produced and starred in the film Chef, and Roy Choi trained and mentored him for the film. Favreau then created The Chef Show, which has him traveling around with Choi and cooking with various celebrities and chefs. As we watched the show, my husband commented that Favreau must be a Manifesting Generator, because he seems to be quite capable at many things, and what does cooking have to do with filmmaking?
As I watched the show, a few things stood out to me. First, how interconnected everything was. The first episode featured Gwenyth Paltrow, who had introduced Favreau to Roy Choi when she hired Choi’s food truck to come to the set of Iron Man (which Favreau directed). Just about every episode featured someone who had been a part of the film Chef, or who had worked on Favreau’s films. Another thing that struck me was how much Favreau needed to roll up his sleeves and actually do everything. In every kitchen and with every chef, Favreau would ask if he could take over, from prep work to the actual cooking, always checking in with the chef to make sure it was being done correctly. The other thing that stood out was that in every episode, Favreau would devote some part of it to working on recipes that he had used in the film Chef. He would go through each one asking questions of Roy Choi, and would scratch his head and laugh when Choi would change things or eyeball ingredients, Favreau always commenting on how what Choi was telling him was different from the original recipe he had been given.
It was obvious to me after watching the Chef Show that Favreau was a pure Generator and not a Manifesting Generator. Favreau’s backstory is that he began with improv and acting, then ventured into screenwriting with the film Swingers- which he also starred in. From there, he spent 20 years working at acting, writing and climbing the ladder to directing and producing. He eventually moved up to directing and producing enormous blockbusters like Iron Man, the Jungle Book and the Lion King. As a Generator, he is devoted to his work and willing to put in the time and effort to work his way to the top. When he became interested in cooking, he sought out what he considered to be the best in the field- Roy Choi. He studied, practiced, and was willing to go over the same repetitious recipes until he had mastered them. This is the perfect example of a Generator- always looking to master what they are doing, always seeking out those who are considered the very best at something in order to study them. (Favreau is indeed a pure Generator.)
A similar conversation occurred in our house about Sarah Jessica Parker. When she launched her shoe line and her publishing imprint, my husband commented that she seemed like a Manifesting Generator as well. But as with Favreau, all of the things that she has taken on have been interconnected, and revolve around her primary focus- which is her 40+ year career as an actor. When she signed on to Sex & The City, she brought in Patricia Field to work on costumes, with whom she took on a collaborative role, adding in her own personal style and preferences. SJP’s influence on the show was large enough that she quickly became an executive producer. As we all know, the character she played on Sex & The City was and remains legendary for her outfits and notorious for her obsession with shoes (namely Manolo Blahniks). After the show ended SJP launched a clothing line, took on the role of President & COO at Halston Heritage, and eventually launched her own shoe line (making Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus her partner in the brand). The character of Carrie Bradshaw was also a writer and an avid reader- as SJP is herself. The business ventures that she takes on, as well as the shows and films that she produces, all reflect who she is. (SJP is indeed a pure Generator.)
I mention the interconnectedness with both Favreau and SJP and their varying interests because this is what Generators are about. Generators see little separation between who they are and the work that they do. They want a career that reflects them and expresses who they are, and they put themselves wholly into their work. I bring up these two Generators because they demonstrate what can happen when a Generator focuses on and pursues what lights them up- that Sacral energy multiplies and becomes so magnetic that everything that they do- even their hobbies, becomes part of their business and brand. Not every Generator can be SJP, or Oprah or Beyonce, but every Generator has a passion to discover and something to offer through that passion. Generators so frequently get tripped up by their fear of failure (especially if they have open Throat Center). That deep seated fear comes from the perfectionist nature of Generators. They are capable of mastery, and they see the world through the lens of what can be achieved with hard work, dedication and focus as opposed to what might fall in their laps, or what they can manipulate others into doing for them. I’ll say again that Generators have a lot to learn from their Manifesting Generator siblings- who are willing to take chances and dive in without the self-consciousness that often plagues Generators. Generators have to recognize that they don’t have to be the very best at everything, and that it is okay to change lanes, and to fail. Generators who don’t take chances and follow what lights them up, even if they fail at it, will never discover what their true passion and purpose is.