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If you ask me how I suddenly got the bright idea that I wanted to be in television, I really couldn’t give you a straight answer. However, over the past couple of years I’ve been hearing different people say the same thing over and over. “You should have your own television show”. Now, I assume a lot people find me funny and entertaining, but I am really just being myself. I never take myself too seriously or even think about entertaining people, but somehow it happens. Also, I’ve never had an interest for being in front of the camera. But the thought of being involved in the production and development of shows has intrigued me, especially recently.
When I lost my most recent job, I decided I wanted to get back into entertainment, specifically television. I even told two of my closest friends, I want to be in television. Not film, not music, but specifically television. And this time I wanted to learn about the business. While I had a couple of good interviews at different entertainment firms, nothing came through. After a while I decided being in television was just a dream and that I needed a job. Any job. I wasn’t in the mood to eat noodles for dinner every night, so I started looking beyond my scope and personal desires. I applied for every industry I could. Finance, pharmaceuticals, sales, corporate training, you name it, I applied. And, I wasn’t passionate about any of it. However, at this point, passion was no longer important. Paying the bills was my priority.
When I finally I got a last minute interview with a company that was close to home and the exact salary I was looking for, I couldn’t be happier! I would potentially be working for the Chairman of a major pharmaceutical company. When I walked into the interview he liked me instantly. He was older and the owner of several companies. He was definitely someone I could learn from, or so I thought. After talking, we decided it would be great if I came back the next day to meet his son. His son was the CEO & he would also have a major say as whether I would join their team.
The next morning I arrived bright and early, so sure that I would seal the deal and be working soon. However, when the CEO saw me, he immediately looked disappointed and instinctively I knew I was not going to get that job. It was the most uncomfortable interview I ever had, not to mention the quickest. He was completely uninterested and disengaged. I could not wait to get out of there. When I said goodbye to the receptionist, even she looked irritated. I called my recruiter and told her the story, she apologized profusely and confided in me that the CEO was a complete jerk and treated everyone like that. I was relieved, but I still cried. I cried, because I was so disappointed and afraid. After I my dramatic tear-fest, I realized that I didn’t want to work for another crazy person or in pharmaceuticals. The desire to be in television still burned within me.
At 6:30pm, the same day of the dreadful interview, my recruiter called me and told me she had a last minute interview for me the next day at CBS. The interview was with the interactive department in creative services. Though she didn’t have many details she thought I would be interested. Of course I was!
This interview experience was completely different than the last. When I walked into the building, I thought to myself, “this is home”. The energy was so positive and warmly professional. The Vice President I met with was extremely kind and also he liked me instantly. And as it turns out, he was the primary decision maker in this process, so I had a good chance of getting hired. The interview was on Tuesday. I was hired as a temp on Thursday and started working the very next week!
I took over the position of someone who was recently promoted to Producer. She didn’t leave because of unhappiness or rude bosses, she was promoted within the same department, simply because she learned something new and excelled at it. I took this as proof that the working environment is a breeding ground for potential and possibility. As other employees show me what they do, I am enthralled with the process and my brain is like a sponge, soaking up everything. It is my intention to learn how to produce and write script for promos , and there is a mentor that is willing to show me everything I want to know.
In a serendipitous moment the other day, I look down at my brand new badge and saw the words CBS Television City. It hadn’t dawned on me that my dream is unfolding right before my eyes. Isn’t God is amazing? I am a living witness that if you have a dream, even if you don’t fully understand it, there is a reason for it. And you can accomplish it. I know God gives us certain desires so that He can fill them at just the right time, and show you that He cares about the details of your life!
I truly believe there is so much more that awaits me on this new employment journey. And, though I don’t know everything this new season entails, there is one thing I know for sure…Baby, I’m in television!