Studio Manager Meditation: Assistant Gloves

We work like crazy. As a studio manager/producer/assistant/blogger life very rarely slows down to the point where I can step back and reflect on it. When it does though, I find myself mulling over aspects of this job that might seem so inconsequential, but for me hold deeper meanings. I’ve decided to start this monthly series on the blog to take a minute and stop, reflect, and write about some of the aspects of being a studio manager that really impact me. These are my studio manager meditations.

crisman_assistant_gloves_ohl(Photo: David Ohl)

Assistant Gloves.

To phrase it bluntly, sometimes you just need to shut up and work. There’s a task at hand, no need for argument, no need for conversation, just the need to get it done. This is when I like to break out my assistant gloves – whether or not they are necessary for that particular task, I’ll put them on, put my head down, and get a job done.

Hauling gear through snow-covered trails, breaking down multiple sets in a rush to avoid overtime charges on a rental studio, hand-holding octabanks on the beach in Maui, these gloves have seen it all. Yes, they might be a little stupid looking with the big flaming “S” for the brand Setwear emblazoned across the back of my hand. Yes, I’ve worn them for so long that the fingers are worn through. No, I will not be replacing them anytime soon. They are certainly expendable, but I plan on wearing them till they fall off my hands.

In a sense, I’m speaking specifically in a tribute to the gloves that I’ve worn over these past three years. Also, I’m speaking to the bigger picture. Whether it’s these gloves or any other pair, the process remains the same, you just need to get the job done. Not every situation in work or life affords the luxury of choice; undoubtedly you’ll encounter tough problems that need to be fixed, quickly and decisively. These are the moments when you need a good pair of assistant gloves.