Tuesday, 01 September 2015 23:47

I’m in gratitude and awe right now. Seriously.

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It’s a process to sit down to write my blog, review the recent events in my career and allow something to bubble up to the surface that I feel is worth sharing. Sometimes it’s really clear and an experience demands a voice, other times not, but today I am clearly compelled. I’m grateful and want to express it.

This weekend was one of those wake up at 4am, get to set by 6am, work in the 100-degree heat shoots…it happens.

There were lots of people to organize, interface with and take care of including talent, crew, and officials galore. We were shooting in a resort/park, with rules to follow, clothes not to wear and lions and tigers and bears, oh my. (not literally). It had the potential for awesomeness or misery.

I’m sharing with you some of the particulars, and I know you have plenty of your own, just to give you a sense of the moving parts a shoot day can have and the possibility that things can derail at any given intersection.

And as I write this and think about how and why the day was such a success, went off so seamlessly with a happy client feeling cared for and a crew that felt respected and cared for as well, I am filled with appreciation and gratitude for the amazing people I get to work with and I want to say THANK YOU!

In 2013, a study from the John Templeton Foundation found that offices are the least common place to either hear or express gratitude. I’m not sure why that is but the power of acknowledging that my success depends on others and expressing gratitude seems like a smart thing to do. It took awhile, but admitting that I don’t know everything and can’t do everything myself makes me a better team player and allows me to harness the power of the team who is actually powering the success. And it feels good.

Experience keeps showing me, and research is proving, that people are most creative and productive when they're part of a happy, healthy, group. People thrive when they know their contributions are meaningful. And that includes me. And the best places to work are those where people feel valued.

So here’s my “I hope to remember to do this” list that I want to share with you:

  • Don’t wait to be grateful. Regardless of your position in an organization, cultivate gratitude as a core value at work. Be the example; be authentic, catch someone doing something right, create opportunities for gratitude to be shared. Most days our production team shares morning inspirations and afternoon walks and we feel the difference if we miss a day.
  • Celebrate the small things: Stay tuned and mindful of the contributions of the team, big and small, and celebrate! Sometimes it’s a thank you, other times bagels, group lunch, or an invitation to gather after work does the trick. Be mindful and opportunities will appear.
  • Keep it real: Be sincere and express what feels authentic. It doesn’t always have to be about business, people are doing amazing things in their lives so let them know.

And here is an oldie but a goodie of some of the joy of #set life


See you on set!

And THANK YOU to all the amazing talented people I get to learn from and work with.


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Jessie Marcus

An award-winning producer, Jessie is known for her ingenuity, positive outlook, calm disposition and sense of humor, all valuable skills when working with networks, studios, and agencies with strong personalities in high-pressure situations.

With over a decade of experience as a freelance Producer, Jessie can be found shooting projects on the high seas with Disney, backstage with BET, on the streets of NYC with USA network and Freeform, as well as worldwide with the likes of Oxygen, TBS, E! Entertainment, and others.

Her numerous credits include projects ranging from commercials, movie and TV promos to music videos, co-branded entertainment, magazine shows, interactive media, documentaries, and PSA’s. She loves what she does and it shows!

Jessie completed a 3-year Master’s Program in Spiritual Psychology, adding another tool to her bag of tricks and bringing those skills to the fast-paced, quick turnaround, production world as well as to her life coaching practice.

Contact Jessie Marcus jessieonfire@gmail.com

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