I get to work with amazing people, both in our offices and in the field, and it’s the people we share our lives with that make all the difference.
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“I know it hasn’t been two and a half weeks but I’m inserting myself,” Kristy announced as she came in to Caleb’s office. “Since we don’t have time for a meeting, ever, and this is about time, I made you this.”
“What’s this you’re showing me?” Caleb asked, the legal size packet landing on top of his keyboard.
“A spreadsheet,” Kristy answered. “A concise, hard-to-argue-with spreadsheet. Something that will make my point in the fewest seconds possible.”
“I’m in favor already,” Caleb answered. “Walk me through it so I can get back to work.”
I would like to raise a glass, tip my hat, and offer a small bow to the invisible ones—the teams of creative people who work tirelessly and without attention to make the films we enjoy as perfect as they can be. The next time you watch a film, stay through the credits, and try to picture the post production team at work. When they were in high school, those were the kids in the booth, and they deserve a hug.
Depending on the available space and access to technology, some creative teams are working in open concept spaces while some are compartmentalized in separate soundproof rooms. Open concept feels so team-like to outsiders, who see rows of friends wearing headphones staring at their screens and leave with the feeling that everyone is working together. Separate offices are something we have come to expect in the working world, so it doesn’t seem odd, but it does have a “corporate” feel.
What is ideal?