All Coming Up Millhouse

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Sep 172015

I did it! I have a new job! And you know that bit I wrote in my last blog about only going for the right project? Well – wait, I’m getting ahead of myself.

So about that domino analogy I’d been using since about January this year. I am pleased (and mildly astonished) to announce that it worked! I came to a decision a couple of weekends ago to stop hanging around and to push that last domino. I had been waiting on the possibility of some financial help, just to keep me going in case I didn’t get enough work to keep me going over the winter, but then something in me just clicked and I decided I could wait no longer – I would just have to hope for a long contract. I sent out my CV to a number of people whose details I’d been given by an assistant who is just getting his first editing gigs, and also to a few people I know and a few I don’t. Within a few days I had a ‘chat’ booked (it’s never just a chat but they never call it an interview either) and within 2 weeks I had a new job. I hate to sound like the privileged person I am but it all seemed too easy. As with my first job I guess there was a degree of luck in the timing but I also look back and realise that I’ve been placing dominos a lot longer than I thought; in that all my previous experience makes me a great person for this job.

And in terms of the right project to start me off in the world of freelance this couldn’t really be any better. I will be assisting on the next series of 999: What’s Your Emergency for Blast Films, a company with a whole swathe of brilliant documentaries that I love and on a series that will keep me busy until spring next year. To say I am excited about this job is a bit of a misnomer – every so often I get a twinge of joy just thinking about it. I know it’s going to be a lot of hard work, many long hours – it will probably get stressful at times, but I also know that as well as being a great project to work on it is also the last major step before becoming a full editor. Of course that is still a while off but the assistant I spoke to for advice has gone from his first assisting job to editing in 3 years. This is just the beginning of the next stage in my career. I almost can’t wait, although one of the things that has been especially pleasing about this new job is the amount of time between being offered the job and the start date. It meant that I had plenty of time to tell everyone – specifically my boss.

I tweeted the other day that one of the hardest things for me was breaking the news to my boss. I am quite an experienced and, I like to think, valued member of the team in which I work. I know and they know that anything they can throw at me I can probably handle, but I also know that for various reasons my boss is on the lookout for experienced edit assistants (apply now!) and to lose me now wouldn’t be great news. So when I was told that my start date would be over a month away I was really pleased – I could give advance warning of my notice giving them more time to find my replacement. But something that has been even more gratifying is how everyone at work has responded. Pretty much everyone who has spoken to me about it has said that they are sad that I am leaving and yet really pleased for me as they can see it is a great opportunity. My boss’s actual words were “well fuck you very much but I’m happy for you; it’s a great job.” I left my meeting with her feeling on top of the world and it’s a feeling that has stayed with me for a while.

Often when change happens it affects more than just one thing. In addition to the adventure a new job has to offer I also have a new girlfriend. I won’t bore you with the sad act, “I’ve been single for years”, story of a lonely guy, just suffice to say I am looking forward to learning more about her and about me and sharing my time with someone else. Going out with her was something I have also working on for a little while and to succeed in both endeavours has been a real blessing. I honestly don’t know how I have managed it.

Okay, enough of the smugness. I’ll shut up until I have something more interesting to say. Probably around the 23rd-26th October when I finish at the Farm and start at Blast!