Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to another entry here at We’re Not Rolling. I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving if you celebrate the holiday and a great restful weekend to start your week off right yesterday. I went back to work yesterday after the week and half vaca and I must say, I still don’t miss it. I was having a great time in the outside world as I usually do. I was still filming stuff and making content and entertainment but it was under my time and control so not the same working for someone. Alright let’s get into this shall we?
Yesterday when I was on Set I took notice of something someone said. I paid particular attention to their words because I had heard them before from like 100 other crew people. That got me thinking about some of the shit that people say ALL THE TIME in this business that I never say or maybe I said till I realized it was either dumb or just not true. I think we all have these programmed responses in our minds that we involuntarily speak without ever really thinking about them. These responses aren’t limited to work either. We all also have a set of automatic responses in our day-to-day lives as well. We won’t get into those because this post would never end but we are going to dissect some of these film industry ones.
First let’s talk about the one that made me think up this post. The show I was working on had just come back from a hiatus. They had been off for 2 weeks for an extended Thanksgiving vacation and this was the first Monday back. There was 2 people having a conversation about their time off and one of them said “I can only be off for like a week before I start getting antsy.” Now the time does vary between a week to 2 weeks but the phrase is one I’ve heard so many times that I just tune out the response when people use it because I just don’t believe it’s true…or maybe I just don’t want to believe it’s true. Honestly I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that people miss working yet whine about it non stop while they are there. I find life much more amusing than work. I definitely don’t understand people who say this whom have a family and have been working all their life. Wouldn’t 2 weeks leave you wanting to spend more time with the people you chose to hang out with for the next 40-50 years. I also want to point out that I’m not speaking about someone who just got a new job. I can understand being excited and missing a new job because new things typically are exciting. I’m speaking about someone that’s been doing a job for 4-5 years. If you’ve been working the hours that we work in the film industry for that long and after 2 weeks off you just don’t know what to do with yourself I think you should quit your job and go find your life because that’s what you may be missing. That’s the same talk you hear about criminals that go to jail and just don’t know how to function when they get out and want to go back. I guess I can give some credit to someone that’s single as well because at times they do need work to fill some of the mundane moments in life where we find nothing to do but STILL. NO! I take that back, I’m single and I’ve been doing it forever. I think a person should be able to sustain entertaining themselves for at least a month before they should thirst for the repetitious act that work can eventually become.
“I don’t watch TV/Movies.” This one really just makes no fucking sense what so ever. I mean really? You don’t watch any TV or Movies but you willingly participate in its production 60 hours a week. The most common argument that comes from people who go around saying this weirdness is that if they work on it why would they want to watch it. It’s basically a twist on the classic “Don’t bring work home with you”. This is different though because I think movies and tv take up some significant real estate in the world of entertainment with friends and family. At least I think it does. Most people at some point or another have seen a movie, a tv show, a commercial or had someone drag them to one. It’s just so odd to me to say you watch nothing and have nothing to offer if such a discussion came up. I mean even if the last movie you saw was E.T you can say that rather than “I don’t watch anything”. I love TV. I love Movies. I enjoy a good commercial. I’m a fan of visual entertainment on a screen. Some may call it the dummy box but I learned a lot of shit from TV when I was growing up, it’s actually the main reason I got into the business.
“As long as the check clears.” This is one that is typically used on a hellacious show or maybe after a really crazy long day or week. It’s basically stating that as long as they get paid they don’t care how long we work. Again this is another sentiment I don’t agree with. I don’t think it’s ok to work someone for more than 12 hours as I’ve clearly expressed on this site time and time again and I don’t think anyone should think it’s ok. I think we should take care of ourselves a little more than that and realize what damage those kind of hours are doing to our bodies. We’re not saving lives, we’re making movies. I know I may sound a bit overdramatic but seriously please stop believing in nonsense like “As long as the check clears”. I think we should all have a set value on our time instead of just letting someone run us ragged as long as they are paying us.
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