Post by Trai Cartwright
From this vantage, I was able to soak up an astonishing amount of how-to without being stuck in the job for more than a few weeks. All of this immersive work did two things for me: it made me a pro before I’d gotten my first “real” job and created a vast network of contacts that would serve me well in years to come.
Saphier, the president of the company, took me under his wing.
Anyone’s who’s had great mentoring knows what this can do for a person. Here was the man who’d made “Scarface” and “The Deerhunter,” who’d brought the book “Jaws” to Universal, giving me the keys to the store. I flew up the ladder, helped make two movies, produced one of my own, run hundreds of movies looking for “the one,” and helped take over three dozen films through development.
Why do I tell you about my experience at the bottom? Because without it, I would never have gotten anywhere at all. The bottom is where the real work is done. No matter what our dream – including all of us who dream of success as a writer – it has to be stated somewhere, a place where we know nothing and can’t begin to fathom what it’s going to take to get to where we’re going.
The view from the bottom isn’t so bad. The pay is terrible, we sleep poorly, we are underemployed and under-appreciated, but the education is astonishing. Pay attention. Do the work. And when you get your shot at the big time, you’ll be ready.