Studio Manager Meditation: S**t Happens

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.

Let me start out by stating the obvious: shit happens. Yes this statement is a bit trite and a bit redundant, but in this industry it is incredibly applicable. On every level and in every strata of the creative world, it is inevitable that shit happens; it may even feel that sometimes on the daily, plans can do nothing but go awry.

That being said, the best measure of resourcefulness is not only accepting the fact that shit happens, it’s the ability to be the first one who asks: “what’s next?”

Lenses get scratched, camera bodies break, hard drives fail. Schedules change, models never show, creative direction diverts. Forgive me for beating a proverbial dead horse, but shit happens. The solace in the fact of that statement is the understanding and the ability to anticipate, react, and overcome.

Having a backup camera or a backup plan is only part of the equation. You may have the tools at your disposal to overcome whatever curveballs are thrown, but what it really comes down to is your ability to adapt and work with your new situation. Changes may rattle even the toughest and most resourceful creatives, but you simply cannot let shit happening derail your entire train.

At the end of the day, you need to take charge of the (new) situation and work as quickly as you can to adapt. If you’ve done your homework, then you are always your own best backup plan.

5 replies to “Studio Manager Meditation: S**t Happens”

  1. Great Post!!! I
    think some of us often think that once a team is at the level you guys have reached that everything must be just come on a silver platter in a magical world where all models show up, your lights never blow over and your camera’s are invincible. Thanks for sharing, setting the record straight. Learning how to overcome these un-forseen obstacles in itself is a great talent to possess!

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