Dealing With Rivals pt.1

Dealing With Rivals pt.1

The Chicago Job Scene

     As I get older in this business the amount of rivals you begin to accumulate is startling. Even more startling is the fact that a lot of them used to be friends, some even good friends. But that’s the thing with competition in brings out the best in people but also the worst. Since I am hopefully on my way up the film ladder and just starting to get a firm grip in the business world I thought it would be nice to talk about some of the early problems a person will face. If there’s one thing I’ve learned so far in business is that if it happened to you it’s probably happened to everyone. Again I don’t like to name drop my company in these articles so I will just say that I am in upcoming film studio with a focus on web. It took a lot of work to get this far; and to be honest still of hell of a lot of work to go. But I want to write these blogs for people coming through similar problems at the same time to be a sign post to let you know that you are on the right path. So hopefully I will be doing a series of these.
     First up I want to talk about the friendly rival. I remember when I graduated college in 2007 with a degree in film. I had plenty of friends and fellow students who were ready to take the world on. The world has a real quick way of taking you on. It hits you with everything they got and just keeps coming. It’s your college job to prepare you for life outside of it. But in my studies I have found that college just would rather keep you in school and preserve the cocoon. Life is going to hit you with student loans, rent, health care, finding a real job, starting your own career, family, friends, relationships; and each one is going to take a little bit out of you. Luckily, I was prepared for a lot of these challenges early on by my parents and relatives giving me a healthy dose of reality. Apparently a lot of my fellow friends and students had not been given this reality check as they quickly dropped out of film. They either got real jobs or moved into different careers. Or they were hurt by the fact they weren’t offered jobs right out college and just spent the majority of there days bitching and complaining about the world around. I am know as quite a complainer, my only prerequisite for sitting around and bitching all day is that you also get out and get to work. You can only complain if you’re in the game. And a lot of my friends just resented they weren’t filming and weren’t willing to make sacrifices to further there career. So when you keep following your dreams and your friends next to you are sitting idle it tends to breed hostility. This is the first step towards rivals.