In the world of production it isn’t too difficult to find a control freak. Usually you won’t have to look much further than the director’s chair to see someone who has a reputation for being a tyrant on set, and while it is important for a director to be a freak about the details, it is equally important for them to know when something is out of their control. I recently read a post from Whit George the Executive Pastor from Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma about how important it is for us to focus on what we can control. Whit writes:
“Face it, sometimes, for whatever reason, you get less than the guy next to you. But remember: you won’t be judged by the situation you’ve been given, but rather by the way you handled it. “
This advice really struck a chord with me especially because of who it was coming from. Church on the Move produces amazing content for the church world and is known for having the highest of standards for their production and creative teams. Sometimes producers and directors get the feeling that they can control everything down to the smallest of details and (fortunately) we can’t. Being able to roll with the punches and adapt on your feet is as important, if not more important, than being able to see the minutiae of a production and pick it apart. In production we must always be ready to be handed lemons and make something out of it. So next time you are on a project and something goes wrong just remember that being the level headed one will often put you in a better place than being the one who freaks out.
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