“Soap operas reflect life, just bigger.”

Kate Adams, who for eight years worked as the assistant casting director at “As the World Turns,” recently delivered a TED Talk on four important life lessons one can learn from soap operas. Before daytime she worked in the casting department at Warner Brothers. After As the World Turns was cancelled in 2010, Adams transitioned to the Managing Editor of Longitudes at UPS, a blog discussing the macro forces shaping the global economy today. Each job has taught her more about the creation and cultivation of story and brand, and how we use story arcs to build our own journeys. In her TED Talk, Adams reveals her ideas about how soap operas can help all of us craft our own stories. As Adams notes, “Yes, soap operas are larger than life, drama on a grand scale. But our lives can be filled with as much intensity and the stakes can be just as dramatic.” She also points out that soaps can teach us to, “Push away doubt and believe in our capacity for bravery, venerability, adaptability, and resilience. Most importantly they show us it is never too late to change your story.”

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TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers a host of different topics, from science to business to global issues. TED Talks are designed to be 19 minutes or less. Watch Adam’s TED Talk right here on Soaps.com and relive the love story of Cord Robert and Tina Lord from “One Life to Live,” complete with digital cartoons, as well as other favorite moments from soaps and the lessons we can learn from them.

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– Dustin Cushman