I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. Yes you, seriously, you. The people I share my real experiences, lessons, successes and failures with. It’s an intimate relationship even though we may never meet in person and it is important to me that it is authentic and honest.
I adore this time of year! Yes, somewhere chestnuts are roasting on an open fire but here it’s my favorite time of year because there are sparkly lights everywhere, my birthday is imminent, and there are an abundance of reasons to go shopping! What’s not to love?
I admit it. I want people to like me. I especially want my clients to like me, I want their clients to like me and I want all the people I encounter in my work life to think I am the best, nicest, coolest producer that they ever get to work with! Not too much to ask is it?
I’m writing you this in an Italian state of mind. Not from drinking too much Chianti, but from breathing in the warmth of the Tuscan sun, in the land of sunflowers, olives, grapes, and ancient art and history which can be felt and seen all around me.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
Taking the “free” out of Free-lance or how to thrive as a creative for hire.
I wonder if you are like me and find your self in the constant pursuit of something? Not from a place of lack or discontent mind you, but because you are engaged in the game of life and you have ambition and drive and enjoy the feeling of success.
Being an independent television producer and having spent the majority of my career as a free lancer I’ve had hundreds of opportunities to ask, negotiate, and sometimes settle for payment for the work that I do. Next to sex, they say money is one of the most taboo and uncomfortable things to talk about, and that’s with friends and family. A discussion about money with strangers can be frightening!
Growing up there were families of friends that I would have gladly traded places with…you know the ones who always played games together on the holidays, cooked together, formed their own band, or just seemed to enjoy being in each others company.
Most of us have heard of the devilishly handsome actor Jon Hamm who plays the devilishly handsome Don Draper in the TV series Mad Men. Don is the guy that seems to have it all, get what he wants, and always finds the way to save the day in the fast paced competitive Manhattan-based advertising firm he works for.