Happy New Year. I hope the Holidays were pleasant and good to you.
The last few weeks I have spent making edits for a new draft of my script. The nice thing about having spent enough time away from it is that it’s much easier what can get cut out. I also feel like I can solve problems in regards to the script very quickly. I’m also trying to work on some ideas for the production, too.
As great as it is to see some real progress there, I now have to grapple with the reality that my Holiday job is now over. Now I have to deal with looking for work again because my other job is not giving me too many hours. (It now closes at 6pm, which isn’t bad in and of itself. At least I don’t have to go home late anymore.) There have been a few more openings as of late, I have yet to be called for any interview.
I have a feeling that something good is about to happen. But whatever it is, it can’t happen soon enough.
As much as I enjoyed my Amazing Spider-man 2 experience (and I hope to have more!), one of the downsides to working in the film business is the long, erratic hours. One day, I had to report to the set at 9 a.m., and was out before 7 (due to rain). The next day, I had to be there by 5:30 a.m., and we wrapped just before 8:30 p.m. Thankfully, there are some people within the industry working to make some changes by limiting the working day to 12 hours. Last summer, the IATSE adopted the Long Hours Resolution, which acknowledges that working more than 12 hours a day is a safety hazard. Hopefully studios will take this to heart, and I won’t have to work such long hours in the future. In the meantime, though, if you work in the industry, I highly recommend checking out Haskell Wexler’s 2006 documentary on the topic, Who Needs Sleep?
“ There was a young woman that he picked up on the evening of her prom. The relationship lasted a year and a half or two years. Impregnated her, paid for her abortion, had his goons drive her. None of which she wanted. She sued him. The saddest fact I’ve learned is: Nobody matters less to our society than young black women. Nobody. They have any complaint about the way they are treated: they are “bitches, hos, and gold diggers,” plain and simple. Kelly never misbehaved with a single white girl who sued him or that we know of. Mark Anthony Neal, the African-American scholar, makes this point : one white girl in Winnetka and the story would have been different. ”
As you may know, I am currently working two retail jobs. As you can already guess, I worked long hours on Black Friday. I worked 3 to 9am at one store, 10am-6pm at the other. It was long and tiring, and I’m glad that experience is long over.
Now that it is December, I am faced with the fact that my seasonal job will soon be winding down. I have decent hours this week, but the amount of hours at both stores have been touch and go since I started. Come January, I won’t be getting too many hours at the other job since the mall will be closing earlier. I’ve been trying to find work in the secretarial/clerical field. Usually, I can find 2-3 openings in any week in the classifieds, but in the last couple of weeks, I haven’t been able to find much of anything. Since I’ve resumed my job search, I’ve sent out two resumes.
Since September, I’ve sent out resumes for PA jobs to productions that are listed on the Made In NY Reel Jobs Sheet. I figured it might give me an opportunity to make money and continue networking for my project. Right now, it would be my only legitimate excuse to go down to NY. So far, I haven’t gotten any response. I live Upstate, but I would have a place to stay if I were able to secure work.
So I am in the process of resuming working on my project. Even just printing out a copy of the current draft of the script Saturday night brought me a joy and pleasure I haven’t had too much of lately. I am tired of the way my life has been, and I am ready for things to change.