Production is crazy.
There, I said it. I’m not trying to scare anyone out of it but though I am certain there are jobs with more outrageous demands (tell me what) and outlandish requests (again, curious, what jobs are those), the pace and unpredictability in my world can sometimes be challenging and I don’t always meet those requests with a positive attitude. I may be smiling on the outside but on the inside I am screaming “What the @^%! are you thinking? Noooooo!”
I have learned that no is a complete sentence and not the start of a negotiation so I ‘m not afraid to use it, but when I catch myself being negative, unwilling, and limiting my creative possibilities with my knee-jerk reaction no, I am curious how and if I can change that reaction.
My life today is essentially the sum of my habits. I get that. How in shape or out of shape I am, how happy or unhappy I am, how positive or negative I am…the result of my habits and it starts in my thinking.
So when the project came through on Thursday night, to be shot on Monday, with set design that involved finding 1000 cell phones(and very little $), and the art director quit on Friday night, and the cell phone deal fell through at the same time, I had to chose my attitude and I clearly didn’t want to be miserable. I had accepted the job, I wasn’t going to quit, and now I just needed to find the best way to navigate through it and come out shining! Full speed ahead!
I decided to explore the power of being positive and it worked!
• I told myself to look for the best possible outcome not the worst-case scenario.
• I took action and let go of the outcome. If it didn’t yield the result I was after I tried and tried again. And so did everyone else. Yea Team!
• I surrounded myself with people who were reaching for the positive too.
• I remembered to express gratitude along the way.
And guess what???? No, you’ll never guess! 1 client, 1 talent, 1 new crew member, all who I had never met before cried with appreciation for how they had been cared for, dealt with, and were so grateful to be part of such “a well oiled machine”.
Now don’t get me wrong, I REALLY don’t want to do all my jobs under such pressure, but the power of keeping positive, exploring options instead of coming to conclusions of disaster, and being grateful blew me and everyone else involved in the project away.
And it felt awesome!
Here’s to more awesome in our lives.
See you on set.