STEP 2 TO AN AWESOME FILM CAREER
Have you ever wondered why some people’s film careers take off like cheetahs on fire, while others seem to be stuck in the mud like not hungry hippos? I’d LOVE to recommend the book, Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office – by Lois P Frankle. Don’t worry – if your a dude you can still highly benefit from this book, without growing the wrong pair.
While the book obviously focuses on women in business (and the mistakes they make that sabotage their careers) – the principles can absolutely be applied to your film career whether your a PA, a director or someone still wishing to be in film.
I used to be “that person”. I’d show up to work early, work my ass off, did sh*t no one else would do, stay late – yet there always seemed to be some office party or inside joke that I was missing.
Then – I can’t remember how – but I came across this book. I went from office zero to office hero in one week flat.
In a nut shell what this book will do is give you swagger. If you don’t know what it means to have swagger then you probably don’t have it.
But on a serious note, what this book actually does is teach you; what your rights are within business, how to obtain those rights, guard them with your life and use them in your bag of tricks against any business related trickery that may be up against you.
HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES:
Mistake #13: Avoiding office politics. If you don’t play the game, you can’t possibly win.
Mistake #21: Multi-tasking. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should do it.
Mistake #54: Failure to negotiate. Don’t equate negotiation with confrontation.
Mistake #70: Bad use of social media. Once it’s out there, it’s hard to put the toothpaste back in the tube.
Mistake #82: Asking permission. Children, not adults, ask for approval. Be direct, be confident.
So if you feel like everyone else is getting ALL the breaks – You’re right – they are! Read this book and I promise, you won’t even recognize your old life and your old self – (not that I’m saying you’re old… well, you know what I mean) and from now on, you’ll be the one, getting all the breaks. You’re welcome!
Shanti Goth: Casting, Screenwriter, Assistant Director, Extra