I’m feeling so incredibly happy today. Nothing has changed really but I am working in the arms of my first love: the theater. Not acting or directing but helping some great friends to run their rehearsal and performance venue in New York City. http://www.atlnyc.com The Alchemical Theater Lab.
It all happened by accident. I had been feeling very discouraged in my efforts to find work and just happened to stop in to say “hello” and it organically happened. They were ready to bring on help after working 16-hour days and I raised my hand.
Now I’m going to write something that may sound like a brag, I bring a lot to the table. I just do. I have a ton of experience in a lot of areas. I’d like to say I’m pulling down six figures but I’m not and so what! There is a price to be paid many times beyond a great salary.
I was working in an office in New York making decent money but my coworkers were embittered and bored. It was one of the worst company cultures I have ever been witness to. As soon as the principal and her henchman walked out of the door the daggers came out. Backs were stabbed and as a new employee I was a silent observer. I don’t know how the company ended up that way but after five months I couldn’t have cared less. I was out the door without notice. She made it, she can have it!
During my brief tenure there, I was given the reigns on one job for a large building on Sutton Place in New York City. The client had returned the project boards and proposal saying the firm needed to “put some life into it” It was a beige mess. My first couple of days were spent working on some fresh and colorful ideas: Black over golds, classy and elegant with some French influence. After a second pitch, the job was ours. A $1.6 million dollar contract resulted. I was doing alright… I’d be happy if I had someone landing jobs of that scale a few times a year…
I believe that work is, can be and should be a joyful experience. Pick anything. I work hard to make my work fun. Even the less enjoyable aspects. That’s where I am today. The people I work with laugh and are playful. There is an amazing cast of creatives we are privileged to have as clients. The facilities are loved by all who visit. It is a hub for the New York theater, film and photography scene. It’s a place where I felt at home from the moment I walked in the door. Thank you Gia and Carlo!
Today it is all about appreciation. I was appreciated today and made a generous offer and I turned it down. I was being appreciated for the array of skills that I have spent many years accumulating. I’m here to tell you that doesn’t happen very often in life. Here’s why I turned the offer down: I have a philosophy. Here it is: The more successful I can help you become, the more successful I become.
It speaks to generosity in thought and deed. I know so many people who piss and moan about money but they give the bare minimum fearing that they will otherwise be taken advantage of. It does happen. However, generosity cost you nothing and will give you everything when it is directed in a healthy way. I want the company I’m working for to succeed in every possible way. So if my design skills, administrative skills, technical skills or janitorial skills will help in achieving that goal, I’m all in!
I have been up and down but mostly up. Those are the reasons why. I’ve done time working for some real turkeys but I have also worked with some complete angels. It does exist. Don’t ever settle into a position that makes you unhappy. It’s your life. Make it wonderful.