I work in an office job at a studio for my day gig. We have the benefit of being in entertainment, without having to audition for our roles (although some may argue that interviews are a form of auditioning). Our jobs are not glamorous, but they’re good ones, and we get to work with stories movies and TV product and occasionally see a few celebrities. (George Clooney was in our building recently, but we missed him – darn it!). These positions are perfect for people who enjoy the administrative side of employment, with a touch of that old razzle dazzle.
About three years ago one of our coordinators came to us and informed us she was leaving to take a job with an agency as an assistant. This was no easy decision for her, or her family. Taking that agency job would mean long hours – essentially, she would have little free time – but if she excelled at her position, she could possibly be moved up in the company and become an agent. That was her goal. We were sorry to lose her, as good people are always hard to find, but if administration wasn’t what made her soul sing, then we couldn’t keep her. She was aware of the risk of what she was going to do, but this was the path she wanted to pursue.
Covid struck and it was easy to lose track of people over the last years. From time to time, I wondered what happened to her, as I do some of the folks who have come and gone from our department. In the bubble that has been work from home, the office folks that cross my horizon are those who I interact with over video calls. The rest drift away, despite best efforts.
Until recently. One of my friends sent me a link to a notification from that agency about people recently promoted to agents, and our former coordinator was one of them. I don’t know how things went for her over the last three years and how she navigated the demands of a fast-paced agent desk with her family, but in the end, she achieved her goal. I was very happy when I saw that. It just goes to show that whatever our goal is, no matter when we start it, we can take daily steps to achieving our dream. We just have to be willing to do the work. She understood what was ahead of her, and worked it out. I’m thrilled for her – and for anyone who strives for something different to fill their bucket.
Isn’t that really the dream? Like the way we writers are always trying to find that next inspiration, the next great story idea. I like to say it keeps my mind from spinning (most of the time!) Hope you find your inspiration as well!
USA Today Bestselling author Claire Davon has written for most of her life, starting with fan fiction when she was very young. She writes across a wide range of genres. If a story calls to her, she will write it. She currently lives in Los Angeles. Claire’s website is www.clairedavon.com.
You are making your dreams come true and I am so proud for you. I am doing the same. I may try self publishing. It’s scary, but most things worth doing a scary.