Those That Do, Should Not Teach…

Happy Tuesday everyone! How was your weekend? This guy here is on vaca for at least this week and enjoying every moment of it. I’ve gone swimming 3 day in a roll and been rather productive in the creating aspect of my life. Which nowadays is a lot of Plotagraphs, Photoshops, Cinemagraphs, Podcasts, Blogs…I think I want to try to paint something. I’ve never been a fan of oil painting but then again I’ve never done it outside of school but something lately just keeps telling me I should try to paint something. What? I don’t know..but something. I think I just have this pent-up energy to make something with my hands lately. I need some type of physical art expression to take up some of my time. I also have this old-looking chest that I bought at a garage sale because I have a strange attraction to old-looking chest and it reminded me of the chest that Gizmo the Mogwai in Gremlins came in that I wanted to try to make some Gremlin arms coming out of it. I know, I’m weird. Alright let’s get into this shall we?

I think there is this misconception amongst bosses/managers in every industry to be honest that your employees also make good trainers for positions in your company and I just want to tell you that this is an absolute bullshit assumption. Someone should not just be given the responsibility of being someones “Trainer” or “Teacher” because they’ve done the job. There are reasons that there are jobs for teachers and trainers. Just because someone has done a job for years on end does not mean that they are able to train someone else how to do that job. The reason I’m bringing this up is because in my line of work I very often watch people who should not be teaching a fucking thing try to pass on their stupid to others because they are “training” them supposedly. A particular troublesome dynamic that I can speak about personally is the one held between the A.D (Assistant Director) and the DGA Trainee or PA.

DGA Trainees and most PA’s eventually become A.D’s so essentially the (A.D’s) are in charge of training them. There is multiple problems with this, too many to mention or possibly dissect in one post here but we need to start somewhere so let me write about the Trainee/A.D relationship. I’ve worked and seen many A.D’s try and teach terrible lessons and habits to Trainees. Which is tough in a Trainees position because as a PA if you think what your being taught is shit you just don’t pay it any mind and keep trucking. However the Trainee is in a tougher spot because even if what the A.D is trying to teach them is complete garbage they need to at least make that A.D think that they are going along with it because that A.D will eventually have to evaluate that Trainee and they don’t want to make the A.D think that they are not listening. One would think “Well why doesn’t the Trainee just explain to the A.D that what they’re saying is incorrect?” but that’s highly unlikely. Don’t be offended if you’re an A.D because I’m not speaking about all of them obviously. I don’t know every single Assistant Director out there. However I find that almost always have this smug attitude towards the Trainee. I know that they see themselves as these people’s teachers..mentors…keepers..or whatever the Fuck they think and much like a Parent and their Child, the parent is NEVER wrong. The problem with this way of thinking is that EVERYONE is wrong from time to time. Parents at times are wrong and are reluctant to admit it out of some odd…pride…I don’t know what causes them to do this but all I know is that I see the A.D/Trainee dynamic just like a Parent/Child relationship. The A.D is never wrong because they are the Teacher/Parent and the Trainee is the Student/Child. It’s really a fucked up situation to be honest and something that I feel is a problem simply because stupid does spread.

I mean people have been acting this way for years and bosses are always going to rather train new staff with employees that they are already employing instead of hiring a qualified trainer or teacher whose job it is to teach because they, like many are cheap. Which is a problem but alright I get it. I don’t agree with it or understand picking your greed over properly preparing someone who will work for you one day but that’s besides the point. Then why not at the very least have the person that you chose to train others have to go to some type of class before they train anyone. Or if that is too my much maybe have some type of training manual that they can follow. I just don’t think people should be handed the responsibility of training someone else without having some type of training themselves in training or someone observing their training to make sure that they are teaching the other person correctly.

Alright I think I’ve gone on about this long enough. Thanks for stopping by and checking out another post here at We’re Not Rolling. Have an excellent rest of your week and make sure to stop by again next week or check out one of my podcasts that I post every Monday. I just recently posted Episode 75 that you can check out here at We’re Not Rolling, on iTunes or Soundcloud. Just look up The Toke Talking Podcast. You can also just google The Toke Talking Podcast and you’ll get all these listening sources. I use to do a Friday post and I may start doing them again now that I have time off but I’m not making any promises. I want to…it’s just all about timing. Take care everyone!

-PEACE

Pointless Tasks…

Happy late as hell Wednesday folks! I know that this was supposed to post yesterday but a really early call time, some errands and my indecisiveness about what to write about had different plans. SO how are you doing? Are you all working this week? I believe my last day of work till the new year was yesterday. Continue reading “Pointless Tasks…”

That’s LUNCH…

Happy Tuesday everyone! How are you doing? Surprisingly so I’m typing this at work on Monday just like I use to do all the time when I started this blog a little over a year and half ago. I really should do this every time I work during post days so I’m not rushing home to write the up every night but I say I’m going to do a lot of things that I never do. Continue reading “That’s LUNCH…”

Acting Normal…

Happy Friday everyone! How are you on this after Thanksgiving Food Coma Friday? Did you roll out of bed yet because I sure have not and  don’t plan to till about noon. I’m still in bed as I type away next to my snoring dog Munchie Bear…yes, his last name is Bear. Continue reading “Acting Normal…”

Failing Upwards…

Happy Tuesday! How are you doing? I apologize for not posting on Friday but Mother Nature brought 6 feet of snow to Mammoth Mountain here in sunny California and I had to take a mini trip up to enjoy the fluffy white stuff…I’m talking about snow not cocaine alright. I contemplated writing it once I got back but then sleep, football, the Podcast and everything else happen and I just thought I’d wait. Continue reading “Failing Upwards…”

Always Late Never On Time…

Happy Muthafuckin Friday all! How in the hell is everyone doing on this first Friday of October? You can tell that I’m in a good mood because I’m already cursing up a storm. Did you have a nice, easy week on set? Or are you contemplating quitting and literally doing anything else that doesn’t require you to be at work for 14 hours? I had a rather easy week at work. I only worked 4 days, 3 down and one more to go tomorrow (Friday). Unfortunately I believe that they will have a late call. I predict a noon call. Which will suck balls because that might mean we’ll be there till at least midnight. I don’t have any plans this Friday but I certainly don’t like working late. I’m not a bartender. I actually don’t want to be at work so I can hang out with bartenders or lets be honest here, budtenders. Let’s get into this shall we?

As I was driving to work today I noticed that according my waze app I was going to be at work 17 minutes before my call. Then I thought, I’m really good with my scheduling of when I need to be at work. I’m always early or on time to work. I have definitely been late but I’d say in my entire working career and I mean everything since I had my first job at Toys’R’us when I was 15 that lasted for a day till now I think I’ve been late probably about 30-40 times. That’s a month and half in 22 years. I mean even if I said 60 times I think that’s pretty good right? I’m basing this on the subtle observance of my family, friends and coworkers that I’ve worked with who beat my 60 over-estimate just in the time I’ve worked, knew or known them. I have friends that are late to work ALL THE TIME!! At least they use to be. However I’m not a medical professional so this can be a total bullshit thought but I think that there is definitely people who just live there life being late. They are always just 10-15 minutes behind where they need to be. I can’t stand not having control over the certain parts of my life that I can control. One of those being how early I leave to go to work. This is very controllable so I don’t understand how people continue to do it.

In the film industry they worry about being time more than they do anything else and the part I enjoy about that little tidbit is that their estimates are more often than not fucking terrible. I’m not just talking about the on set estimates either. I can’t be the only one that notices that everything going on a film crew always just seems to just be getting done or figured out just as we’re getting to it. I’ve worked on shows where the crew is moving over to a set that the set dressers just finished dressing. I’ve worked on gigs where they had no schedule a day before they had to film.  There is an insane amount of examples of shitty time scheduling in our business and we worry about it about as much as we do money. Because after all time is money, right?

I remember when I was going to film school they told us that the film industry has a simple rule about being on time. That rule went like this, if you’re fifteen minutes before your calletime you’re on time, if you’re there at your calltime you’re late and if you’re 15 minutes late you should look for a new job. I don’t know where they heard this nonsense but people are on time all the time. No one gets there 15 minutes early because they will want to get paid for it. I myself do this as well. While I may get to set 15-20 minutes early there is no way I’m walking into set at that time. I always take a little relaxed 5 minutes to myself in the car, get myself together and stroll onto set 5 or so minutes before call. It’s worked out great for me this far.

I’m not sure where this post is going but I’m rather enjoying writing it. I think one of the most intriguing parts about people being late is that there is always a story. I remember back when I was a teenager I came up with a couple of lies when I was late. Then a funny thing happen. I got old and realized that at times shit happens and people are late. I came to the decision that if I ever worked with someone who gave me shit for being late I just wouldn’t work with that person. Problem solved. I like to work with sensible people. If an employee is on time and does a great job all the time they should not be treated like they are the opposite if they are late once. I have never been told anything about being late or felt disrespected but I will tell you this, I’ve seen a Fuck load of AD’s and PA’s give shit to the BG for being late. It’s truly one of the strangest acts from people I work with because I just don’t understand why you think that is your right or why you even give a flying Fuck. The AD’s and PA’s don’t pay the BG. Sure they tell them what to do on set but that doesn’t constitute a reason to give them a hard time for being late. Shit does happen at times. No one gives the actors/actresses or any of the higher-ups shit when they are late so I’m just saying, let’s be fair here. Call central if you’re really that bothered by it and move the Fuck on. Let their EMPLOYER take care of it and go chart out your blurry crosses instead which is your job. Getting back to excuses though, I love people who use excuses. I love them because I just don’t understand if they are lying to make themselves feel better or they honestly believe that the person they’re telling this to believes them. Living out in LA one of my favorite excuses is “Traffic”. I think that if you live in Los Angeles you are NEVER allowed to use the Traffic card because THERE’S ALWAYS FUCKING TRAFFIC. Plan for it like all the other adults do. Do you realize that if everyone just agreed to at the minimum put forth their best effort to get to work 10 minutes early traffic would probably be the smoothest it’s ever been. Because if you think about it, people rushing and weaving in and out of traffic because they are running late cause others to brake and shift lanes causing other cars to break and shift lanes which then causes all these little intervals of time to everyones commute. So get your shit together tardy people of the world and take control of time!! It can be yours! HAHAHA!

Thanks for reading everyone! Luckily I was totally wrong with my estimate..FIGURES and I actually have an early call tomorrow. YAY! Have an excellent weekend everyone, I appreciate you all stopping by and having a laugh with me. Please come back next week and the week after that and the week after that. Tell your friends and family! And if you have not yet bought your “10-2 Happens” shirt, you can right HERE now!

-PEACE

I’m Part of The Crew…

Happy Muthafucking Friday everyone! How in the hell is everyone doing? How was your week? Personally with the exception of Sunday nights insanity and Monday’s aftershock it was an excellent week. I worked a few days, had a day off in the middle, the Packers whooped ass and the weekend is but a few hours away. Continue reading “I’m Part of The Crew…”

Yo Ho, Yo Ho A Day Players Life For Me…

Happy Thursday!??? I know you must be wondering what the hell is going on? First the Podcast is late and now the blog post. Well everyone since Sunday night around 9-930 I’ve had a very interesting couple of hours. Interesting may not be the only or best word to explain it but it’s all I got at the moment. I won’t get into too much detail here because I will be writing about it this Friday or at least I plan to. Continue reading “Yo Ho, Yo Ho A Day Players Life For Me…”

Caring Doesn’t Pay…

Happy Friday! I just worked a full week for the first time in 4 months. That’s crazy…I mean I wasn’t planning on it working out that way. If you read the blog weekly you would know that I thought I was going back on a show that well…I didn’t. So here I am in the world of the unknown, jumping from show to show. It gets so crazy at times that I forget exactly what it is that I’m on. Continue reading “Caring Doesn’t Pay…”

Do You Hear What I Hear? No…

Haaappy Friday, Haaaappy Friday! Make sure you sing those, that’s why there’s extra ‘A’s in there. Anyhow, how is everyone on this fine day  before the weekend shenanigans and the fight of lifetime..our time…this month…I don’t know. I’ll be honest, I don’t give a shit. I can watch it on tv or I can see the highlights on YouTube. Continue reading “Do You Hear What I Hear? No…”