Your peers are in charge of your future, not your seniors.
Three months ago I started an excel sheet filled with contacts of local and national production assistants I have worked with. Over time, surely and slowly, the list has grown.
So far, I’m at 27 contacts.
I know I know, such a lengthy list.
But in all seriousness, it is.
I was chatting with one of my co-workers after work today and we talked about after graduation thoughts, entering the industry, finding freelance jobs, and doing whatever we could to stay afloat in an industry, or in my case often times, a position, so saturated.
Production assistants are everywhere, more important, they are needed in everywhere.
I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s important to bring it up, people can get nasty in this industry. A sense of entitlement overwhelms the younger generation so often as if they did something to deserve the education they are asking for.
Begging for work from the generation thirty years older than us, we forget thirty years from now they won’t be around to assign us tasks. Instead, the people we’re surrounded by, working with at the same level, running the same mundane errands with, they will be the ones recommending our names to companies and show calls.
We are our best advocates, and entitlement will be one’s downfall if they can’t show kindness.
It’s worth it to congratulate the intern who was assigned an incredible task with a certain artist, the co-worker who achieved major recognition after a job well done, or a pat on the back to the production assistant who messed up and needs a helping hand.
It all sounds silly and sounds so basic, but sometimes the basics are forgotten because we’re too busy looking ahead. Look around you instead, and your peers will stand beside you as your advocate.
Thanks for sparking this convo Robbie, you’re the real MVP.
One more shoutout to Superfly for just being wicked awesome in all aspects of what it means to be a creative and thriving community of thinkers and do-ers.