I’ve had a lot of funny experiences so far in my career, some of which I can’t share. Of those that don’t violate my nondisclosure agreements, here’s ten:
- Once spent 36 hours straight reviewing tape for an unlogged shot we thought would be perfect to end an episode on. Okay, 34 hours with a 2-hour nap in the middle.
- Showed up at 4pm every day for a 7pm – 3am logging/transcribing shift early in my career to ensure that I would get “face time” with the story department and Executive Producers. They thought it was hilarious, but they kept me around for nearly three straight years.
- Once took a job as a logger between Story Producing gigs rather then sit home and collect unemployment. Strangely, after taxes, I would have made more sitting at home than working 40 hours at that rate.
- Served the last meal of a house reality show to its cast when the caterer bugged out at the last minute and refused to be seen on camera.
- Was told by an uber-famous kid reality star: “No offense, but you’re really f*cking boring.”
- Absent-mindedly wore a Tampa Bay Buccaneers sweatshirt to shoot interview content with MC Hammer the day after his beloved Oakland Raiders lost the Superbowl to Tampa 48-21. The real irony here is that I don’t even follow sports.
- Once chided a powerful household-name producer for loudly dribbling and shooting baskets within earshot of one of my outdoor interview setups.
- Was once paid for a gig in travelers checks.
- Early on, I was once dumped in the middle of a blind date when the girl found out reality television was nonunion and I wasn’t making WGA minimum rate. I showed her, though. I took her entree home and ate it at work the next day.
- Wrote the book.