The pain led to a silver lining…Part 2
If ya missed part 1, just click here! How does one inspire? Yesterday I shared with you an inspirational story you can relate to, one of an enduring time, a very exciting time in my early career. Like you, I was working beyond overtime for that opportunity that was just around the corner. At about the tipping point, a position opened up internally. It was for the Continuity department. As a PA I had been requested to help with various duties up there and had formed great relationships with everyone upstairs.
Super motivated now, because 9 months had gone by, the time was ripe to inspire, get promoted or possibly be stuck as a PA forever…that was what I’d been warned.
You guessed it – got the promotion. Now, this position really cleared the “head clutter”. Ever have those times where you’re tested with responsibilities for the first time and not sure if you can do it? But someone places trust in you, it inspires you and of course you step up – to discover the truth about your capabilities – that’s clearing the “head clutter”. This role involved working with all facets of production, all departments. Everything from making copies to footage and dialogue changes from the editorial department and producer, Gary Goldman. Responsibilities had more weight; they were time sensitive and someone/some department could be up the creek without a paddle if I screwed up. Films have tight deadlines and it is an assembly line – if one department got delayed, everyone was affected. To do this day, the experience there will always inspire; it has shaped my entire professional career – no matter what role.
And so Cloud 9 ensued again, truly felt part of the team, and inspired because as a PA you were on the outside track. Now there was an office, a real work space, a respectable title. This position also enabled me to get out of my comfort zone – which was really the very shy wallflower. Most people would not realize that, even to this day. It’s a skill you learn and sometimes by force is the way it happens. The office was “home” and the role was fulfilling on the production side, being a piece of the puzzle that puts a film together. There was even the chance to run the department proving my worth when the bosses took vacations – which would only further promotions down the road.
With the new promotion – I could even inspire The Art Institute Alumni to just hang in there – your time is coming!
But let’s review once again:
What I had:
Some more money
What I did NOT have:
That last one was a hard pill to swallow. Pursuing the ladder climb was possible, but what about the art? As much as I loved the new job, a darker realty was setting in that there were distinctive lines drawn in the sand; one either went into administrative duties or artistic ones….rarely both. I liked my new bosses and connections….no one likes to train someone just to have them disappear to another department….now a deeper inward struggle began…..
What would you do? Tune in tomorrow to see how I finally broke FREE from my internal storm.
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