After college I was lucky enough to be hired by CNN, which has led me down a pretty incredible path in the television industry. It still to this day strikes me as funny, when I turn on the Today show and see Willie Geist, or turn on the NFL on Fox and see Laura Okmin, or the YES network and see Bob Lorenz.
These are people I essentially grew up with in the industry, consider friends, and know outside of the lights, camera and action.
Yesterday I was reading about how Matt Lauer’s contract is up at the end of 2015 and Willie could be a front-runner to replace him. Pretty amazing stuff. I couldn’t be happier for him, whether it comes true or not – he’s achieved a great deal, and he’s earned it.
It also got me thinking about chemistry in the workplace – we had an incredible environment at CNN where most of us got along, supported each other and wanted to achieve success together.
The problem is, I think that is actually rare. I hear more from people about dog-eat-dog, back-stabbing, harassing workplaces where they dread going – than I ever hear about people actually having fun and liking their co-workers.
Doesn’t it make you ask the question, ‘what am I doing to make this a good work environment?’ We are all in control – don’t wait for someone else to improve things, take action yourself!
Alright, I’ll go back to hugging a tree, composting and finding something to recycle…while I do that, you can plan your first step in improving your workplace.
Enjoy this week entertainment industry link roundup:
If Matt Lauer Leaves Today Who Will Succeed Him? : My favorite part of the article – Willie Geist has a decent Q rating with the adult female audience, but not as high as David Gregory. Man, I hope he’s getting some ribbing for that one.
16 Ways to be Just Another Mediocre Job Seeker: It is not ok to be mediocre. Mediocre just means you’re not good enough to be hired and not bad enough to be ignored. Are you worried that you are? Check this list and see if any of these mistakes fall in your repeat offender file.
Reach New Fans by Recording a Holiday Single: DIY Musician believes musicians can increase their audience by crafting a holiday song, and they may be right. But all I can think of when I hear this idea is working at Eddie Bauer while in college and wanting to rip my own ears out after hearing “Christmas Wrapping” by the Waitresses for the 1,000th time.
Film Industry Jobs: An Insider Perspective on Starting the Journey – Costumer Dawn Climie and her husband screenwriter Michael Bruce Adams, are quickly becoming two of my favorite people. They have both been gracious with their time and provided some incredible insight through our interviews. Dawn gave my so much great content I decided to break it into three parts – this is part one, enjoy and better yet, learn.
Resume Advice for Working in the Film Industry: While I’m heralding Dawn Climie as my new film industry muse, I guess I should promote her awesome blog Don’t Shoot the Costumer. Here’s the deal, before you judge her blog based on the name and her film role lets clarify something – she isn’t writing tips on how to sew, she’s writing about how to succeed in film. It is worth your time, I learn something useful and actionable every time I read.
Chemistry Set: As I was writing my lede I thought about including a reference to the Red Sx winning the World Series based more on chemistry than talent. Seems like great minds think alike as Fred Jacobs from Jacobs Media has taken a similar angle with one of his blog posts. Fred takes a radio slant to it (he’s a radio guy so he should do that) and it makes for a great read.
Hispanic Audiences Fueling TV News Growth: Looking for a growth segment in TV employment? Look no further than Hispanic stations. This article is fascinating, if you want an edge in the employment marketplace now is a good time to start learning Spanish. Hello Rosetta Stone!
That’s it for this week – let us know in the comments if you see any articles we should be sharing!