The rate of change is increasing in every industry but in my career as a producer in the TV industry things seem to be changing at hyper speed. And to be honest, I don’t like change!
I love big budgets to do wildly creative projects with delicious craft services, catering and lots of equipment. I like a long lead time to do proper pre-production and course correction as needed and have an ample amount of time to select talent and wardrobe. And like most people, I love a somewhat normal 12-hour day with lunch and multiple runs to Starbucks. This is what I’ve grown accustomed to, but no matter how hard I try to hold on to anything as a model for how I do my business or my life, change is the only thing that I can really count on. Nothing about my life, no matter how hard I try to prevent it, stays the same.
And I’m not the only one who resists change. Think about the multi-billion dollar anti-aging industry that promises it can hold back the changes that time brings and we so desperately want to believe it.
We live in a constant river of change where nothing is static and that can feel heart-wrenching or exciting depending on how we are looking at it.
It’s scary and thrilling, frightening and exhilarating all at the same time. You decide.
Change can be just what you’re hoping for this year, the moment you finally take a chance to send out that resume, call that producer, or take that class. Change can be the thrill of testing your limits, finding new strengths, letting go of the fear of failure. It can be accepting the reorganization of your company and seizing the opportunity to consult or intern to learn a new skill.
But what about the change we don’t see coming? Unexpected change is the last thing I am looking for but embracing it as a new beginning filled with possibilities supports my personal growth and well being and has always been beneficial for me and my clients. Heck, without the ability to embrace maximum flexibility on set I would be in my own personal hell and be dragging as many people there with me as possible.
The anxious feeling I get when there are last minute changes on set or in life doesn’t mean that something is necessarily wrong, it signals new territory ahead and an opportunity for my creativity and vision to kick into high gear.
So let's let the good times roll, accept the changes that will happen with and without our permission, and practice relaxing into the uncertainty that change will bring.
Looking forward to enjoying the ride of change and seeing you on set this year!