I’ve got just a few weeks left as Supervising Producer on a show at a Burbank company that I’ve really fallen in love with over the past few months. What makes it a joy to come to work there every day? The level of professionalism within the company. The execs let you do your job, discuss changes instead of just hammering you to do things their way, and thank staff individually for good work done on a tight time frame. My story department is easily the best I’ve ever had. The editors… don’t get me started. Solid gold rockstars, all.
What you bring to each production, in addition to your skill set, is your ability to function as a professional. You’re on time, you’re dressed like you don’t live out of a glovebox, and you know how to integrate into a team. These don’t sound like huge things until you wind up working with someone who can’t manage reciprocal respect for the talents and personalities of his or her coworkers.
Over the years, I’ve dealt with editors who’d physically (no joke) lock me out of the bay and cobble their own stories together while leaving coffee rings on my paper edits. I’ve worked with people who bring their dogs to work and let ’em roam (I love dogs, but it’s really gross-out city when the pups leave little presents you don’t run into until after the owner’s taken them home).
No matter how talented you are (or think you are), you’re going to leave a dozen or more people behind at the end of every job who can either help you find work later or endeavor to ruin your name for being a self-absorbed jerkwad who shows late, leaves early, and discounts everyone else’s opinions as garbage.
Given the choice, work hard not to be the latter. Be appreciative of your team, respect the folks above and below you who all share the same boat, and above all, do a great job.