Vickie Milazzo and Yoda at the Star Wars Costume Exhibition

Star Wars Costumes Reveal 2 Lessons for Certified Legal Nurse Consultants

As expected, the much anticipated Star Wars® movie The Force Awakens knocked it out of the park on its debut weekend. I haven’t yet seen this automatic blockbuster (despite Tom’s begging, pleading, cajoling and attempted bribery), but I was fortunate to experience the exhibition “Star Wars and the Power of Costume” in New York City, which features more than 70 costumes from those iconic movies.

Star Wars Droids R2-D2 C-3PO BB-8Star Wars Costume Exhibition Photos

                        Click here for more photos of Queen Amidala’s costumes.

Click here for more information on the Exhibit.

The costume an actor wears serves two primary purposes:

  1. A costume puts the actor into the character and that character’s place and time which instantly helps the actor to embody that character. This is especially valuable in front of a green screen when it’s just the actor and the set and scenery will be added later through special effects.
  2. Costumes communicate a place, time and feeling about the character to the audience. We know something about the character the moment the actor hits the screen.

All Certified Legal Nurse Consultants know the Star Wars movies and their cast of unforgettable characters. If you look closely at the movie costumes, you’ll note that George Lucas was a master at creating characters and our impressions of those characters through the costumes. Even today we can instantly recall Darth Vader’s helmet and cape, Princess Leia’s simple white robe, Queen Amidala’s royal gowns, Yoda’s zen master robe and Han Solo’s space cowboy.

Costumes communicate the character. The black-caped and helmeted ominous costume is communicating that there is a dark force in the galaxy and that he means danger. The white robes of Princess Leia communicate simplicity, competence and maybe a bit of tough feminism. You knew she meant business. Queen Amidala’s exquisite and lavish gowns meant formality and traditions of high court. You knew she was an important symbol. Yoda’s basic earth-toned cloak conveys he’s a selfless Grand Jedi Master. And Han Solo – he immediately communicated competence, irreverence and adventure. He’s the guy we want to be with in a dark corridor on the Death Star. 🙂

How do the lessons from these amazing Star Wars costumes apply to Certified Legal Nurse Consultants? It’s simple. When you put on your best outfit to wear to an interview or meeting with an attorney you’re putting on the uniform or costume of the professional legal nurse consultant. Before you walk into the attorney’s office, your costume helps you to feel confident, professional and ready to deliver your message.

When you arrive at the attorney’s office, your legal nurse costume is the first communication to the attorney. Does your costume communicate that you are competent, professional and successful? Can the attorney visualize you sitting next to her at a deposition or in trial?

The next time you’re getting dressed to meet an attorney, consider that your legal nurse costume is your attitude, your persona and a definitive form of communication. In the words of Yoda (if he’d been a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant), “Much about you, your costume says.” What does your costume say about you?

Success Is Inside!

P.S. The last time I saw Harrison Ford I was sitting in the cockpit of a glider in Idaho watching him preflight one of his airplanes, so I’m actually as excited about seeing this movie as Tom is. What about you, excited or not?

P.P.S. There are no photos of womens’ costumes so I provided an extra photo link. Can you tell Tom took them? LOL!

P.P.P.S. Click here to share the best (or if you dare worst) uniform or costume you’ve ever worn to meet an attorney. I know one CLNC® consultant who interviewed naked


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