Had the pleasure of being a panelist for the Children’s Media Association of New York’s “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” event- it was awesome to speak to our experiences of holding jobs while doing our own work with the others on the panel. I was a little nervous as it is a little tricky to do your own work while holding a job- especially a creative one- both personally and professionally. You have to be aware of conflicts of interest and always be open and honest with HR to make sure the project is working and comfortable for both parties.
One thing that I was glad to share with the audience is that especially in media we let titles define us. If someone is paying you to be a P.A. - does that mean you’re P.A? Or if you write and produce while holding a day job as a P.A. (or bless, probably a 16 hour a day job- you know what I’m saying) - are you a writer and producer? I choose the latter, and there’s no reason you can’t create great work and create the career you want to have, and the title you want to be regardless of who is paying you to do what. Producers produce and writers write. Become what you call yourself.