TAPA has a blog post up yesterday that really made me sit back and think.Â TAPA explained how he currently has a job as an office pa on a movie that will last him until the end of the year.Â Recently he got an offer to work as a director’s assistant on a low budget horror film which he was ecstatic about.Â When he went to the interview he found out that the job would only last him 8 weeks, and he sadly had to turn down this dream position because he couldn’t afford to have that job and he decided to stay in his current position as office pa.
I started to think what would I do if I were in this position?Â It made me think of my predicament of being stuck on a hamster wheel and how I would love to be offered a different position.Â Would I bite the bullet and take the job knowing it would help further my career or would I stay at the steady job so I could pay all of my bills?
This is such a tough decision that I feel that a lot of people in our industry have to make.Â At what point do we need to start thinking about moving up in our careers and taking the gigs that don’t last that long over taking the steady ones in positions we have done countless times before?
I completely understand TAPA’s decision and I have to say I don’t blame him for staying in the longer gig, however, I think I may have taken the director’s assistant position and dealt with finding money to pay my bills afterwards.
Walt Disney said “All of our dreams can come true- if you have the courage to pursue them” and I agree with Mr. Disney 100%.Â We have to have the courage to take the chance for our dream jobs to happen.Â If we do not then we will remain in the dreaded hamster wheel and never truly get to where we want to be.