It is so hard to find good help . The Bloke Show has its first major casualty. I’m feeling more than a little despondent, we waited for our Production Manager, Makayla Lee to finish a commitment she had previously made; for six weeks, effectively putting our project on hold for that period of time. Makayla had repeatedly confirmed her commitment to the show, in fact asking for more responsibilities than I really wanted her to bear. I had personally helped her through the breakdown of a relationship and suggested a counsellor friend of mine that I thought could help her. I included Makayla in all decisions made in relation to the show and regarded her as a trusted ally and friend – the relationship a Production Manager and Director should have.
Rather than ask for fewer responsibilities with the production or suggest alternatives Makayla has decided to relinquish all responsibilities and conclude her association with the production.
Honestly I was shocked – particularly when I found the decision had been made in consultation with my counsellor friend. Clearly the communication between counsellor and Makayla was a lot better than we had. In Makayla’s defense she had concerns that were well founded, but nothing that couldn’t have been resolved with a willingness to discuss the issues with an open mind and a genuine effort to seek solutions. Instead she chose to simply announce the reasons for her departure from the project.
Success in this industry is hard fought for, it demands sacrifice, drive, persistence and oftentimes hardship. It is the nature of the beast. I don’t think Makayla lacked the passion for or belief in the project, but doubt she has the passion for the industry that is necessary in order to become successful. It is wise to fully consider options before making a commitment – she can’t fully comprehend what the impact of her failure to follow through has on a project such as ours.
She is young and we wish her well.
I, for one, will follow through with the commitment that I made to the willing and to the people who have belief in this project.
Anyone know a good RELIABLE production Manager?