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After a whole month of being on an unofficial and unintentional blogging hiatus… i’m back!

So how have you guys been? Me? Well, to say that I’ve been busy is an understatement. Work has consumed most of my hours but I am not complaining because… DRUM ROLL PLEASE! My training days are over!!! Can you believe it?! I passed the evaluation and I survived!!! (Can you feel the intensity and excitement with all the exclamation points?!?! :))

Who would have thought that I’d actually be a legit writer Β for a big TV network?? I mean, it is something that I wanted to do – yeah – but a year ago I was so sure that I wouldn’t get a job like this. I thought i’d be stuck in a cubicle somewhere in Makati and be an office drone for the rest of my waking life.

Everything is just so surreal. You might think that I’m over reacting but I guess it’s just too big of a deal to not feel ecstatic about. Looking back on last week’s evaluation meeting with the head writers and executive producer, I was all teary-eyed, and I probably looked like an idiot shaking their hands after they told me I got the job.

The script deadlines, writer’s block, the screaming directors, the annoying people, the bubog-nights, stressful but exciting live shows, the trainee bullies, the get-togethers I missed, the out of town trips I wasn’t able to come to, the long hours of commute, and the hundreds of pesos for taxi fares during late night pack-ups, were all worth it because I got the freakin’ job.

I’m not just a writer wannabe who rants and posts random stuff on the blogosphere anymore. I’m actually a writer for a living. How cool is that? I just feel so happy and proud. I feel like all the career choices I’ve made have lead me to this. Now that I’m here, it’s time to start living the dream. πŸ™‚

 

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Deer Caught in the Headlights

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It has been a very interesting week at The Office.

I am, I must admit, still learning the ropes. Writing my very first birthday VTR for a big celebrity kinda intimidated me. The script I made was revised and was approved. Unfortunately, it had to be overhauled so technically the VTR that aired wasn’t the one I wrote. But then again, who cares now, right?! On a positive note though, I at least know now that I can write a decent one even though it didn’t air.

This week, I also did another first by flooring (meaning holding the idiot boards for the host to read) the shoot of that very first VTR. Flooring sounds so easy, right? But it’s not. When you floor, you are basically the prompter. You have to be quick and you have to have steady hands. I haven’t done it up until yesterday so imagine my horror when I learned that none of the senior writers will be there plus an infamous director will do the shoot. I must have done something right though because luckily, there are people in the shoot who were very helpful and supportive. In the end, I survived my first VTR shoot. PHEW!

Coming from a marketing and sales background (although I’m a Communications Major. Yeah I know, the career path is sort of weird. haha!), I am at times like a deer caught in the headlights at my new work. It’s understandable, I guess. I try not to be too harsh on myself when I don’t get things right. Every task is a challenge these days. Everything is just so foreign as of the moment and I think there’ll be a lot of firsts that’ll be coming my way this year… ABANGAN!

To get a better understanding of my situation, here’s a visual peg for ya!

And I was like: HUH??

And I was like: HUH??

PS.

Today, I also did flooring for the live show for the first time and as a souvenir, I got a paper cut. OUCH! Something to remind me of this very interesting week.

2 Things The “Real World” Has Taught Me… So Far

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People have been telling stories and warning us about entering the real world after graduating school.Β I have been a part of the working force ever since I graduated college and there are some things I have learned over the years:

The real world is just like high school.

For most people, high school was the best days of their lives. I am not most people. Although, I’ve had some fun high school memories, I still liked college better. Anyway, I have come to a realization that the real world is pretty much like high school. There are the popular kids, the bullies, the invisible kids, the suck-ups, the plastics, and of course the rumor mongers. I have come across all sorts of people from the nice ones to the mean ones. You can’t really choose the people you work with, thus, the justification of the group projects we all had to do back in high school and college. I remember being annoyed when we don’t get to pick group mates and you end up being stuck in a group of people you don’t really like. The real world is basically made up of the same people you went to high school with, only bigger and sometimes meaner. I guess, maturity doesn’t always come with age.

Some bosses can really be a pain.

I’ve met some nice and, erm, interesting bosses. I went through a phase of hating on a boss just like every single corporate slave out there. And just like everybody else who have had a chance to work and have a boss, I have a few stories that involves shouting, missed deadlines, ignored suggestions, unappreciated efforts, and undeserved scolding. Don’t get me wrong, there are great bosses too. Β It’s just that, the memories with the not so good ones just happens to stick more, ya know. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in dealing with a boss, it’s that, they are always right even if they’re not so there is no use in battling it out. It’s best to choose your battles and be sure to be on the boss’ good side. πŸ™‚

Right now, I’m on my third job and it’s relatively new. Still on adjustment mode really. There are still plenty of things to experience and lots of people to meet. Hopefully, the real world is not as scary as some make it seem. I mean, I survived high school, right? How bad can it really be?

 

Quarter Life Crisis Presents: Frustration

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Frustration.

It’s something I’ve been getting a lot of lately.

I guess, it goes with the “newness” of the territory. The thing is, when you’re used to doing something and you’re good at it, you get this certain confidence. You feel like you’re some sort of the best (well, without being a condescending douche, of course) which is both good and bad. You have that air of certainty. Of being sure of what you can do. You get that bounce in your walk. You feel like you can take on the world and kick the “real world’s” ass.

Then, you go do this new thing. Which is scary but you convince yourself that you can fake the hell out of it and you’ll make it. A few weeks worth of faking it will get you through it, but then it’ll take its toll and you’ll slowly crumble and break. You think you’re competent to do it but you get a meeting every single day about your conjunctions and God help me, even your pronouns. So, you start to question and doubt.

Am I good enough?!

Do I have enough brain cells to do this?!

Are they talking about how bad I suck at this thing?!

You get frustrated because you think about what they’re saying and it doesn’t seem to make sense in your head. So you nod and accept everything even smile a little. You go back to your station with a bruised ego.

I know that there is no place for egos or what-not at this point but dang it! The ego is there and it’s a bit shaken up. I can’t say that it doesn’t bother me that every day I get something handed back to me with a whole lot of speech balloons pointing out everything but the right ones I did.

Then again, we go back to: “the beginning is always the hardest”. It really is, isn’t it? I knew that. But sometimes, it’s… I don’t know, too real that it’s frustrating?

Voice of Reason Says:

Maybe you’re frustrated because, once again, you’re reading too much into every single thing. And that. Needs to stop. Pronto. It’s still relatively new and the over thinking won’t make you think faster or even solve any of the “internal battles” going through your head. You’re getting all frustrated because in a long time, you’ve never been so helpless in a situation? It is called a comfort zone for a reason. Now, that you left it you have to accept and realize that it’s not gonna be easy. Life outside your idealistic bubble is hard. Because if it were easy, we’d all be singing show tunes, chasing rainbows, and dancing with the butterflies and unicorns.

So here’s what I have to say: GET.OVER.IT. I know it can’t all go away with a snap of finger. The situation whether good or bad will change – at least, that’s what the trusted professor tells me. It takes a little of getting used to. You’ll get the hang of it. Some time soon. Take it easy. And for the sake of everything that is holy, please, BREATHE.

No worries. You’ll survive.

K.Thanks.Bye.

Job Hunt Diaries Episode 4: Over Thinking Kills

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Tomorrow, I believe the job hunt is officially over… for now. I start work tomorrow. Yay or Nay?! I might be looking at this all wrong but I’m a little anxious about going back to work. If I’m being perfectly honest. I guess, the start is always the hardest.

Maybe because I’ve been cooped up inside the safety and worry-free zone of my home that I feel a little nervous about going back out there. I tend to over analyze and doubt myself. Which is never good but I think only natural at this point. Tomorrow, I’m gonna start work as a writer. If I get pass the first month, I might probably be a writer for a living. WHOA. It’s very different from what I’ve been doing for the past 3 years but it’s something that, I THINK, i know how to do. I’m afraid that I might fail. If I do, it would probably shatter my self-esteem because I’ve been convincing myself that this is what I always wanted and that I’m meant to do. What if I can’t do it?

Then again, what if I can? So I sit here with my over thinking cap on and I realize that the only thing keeping me from getting all excited about this new chapter is me and my unnecessary bad habit of over thinking things. I don’t know a lot of things and over thinking it wouldn’t actually help know anything. I may suck at the new job or I may be good at it. Who the hell knows? I wouldn’t know unless I try, right? I have to go to work tomorrow with the right attitude and just do it. This is not a competition against anybody or a contest to impress some people, this is about me competing against myself and killing over thinking before it ruins me. What’s the worst that can happen?

Job Hunt Diaries Episode 3: Survival Kit

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1 Post A Day Challenge – ENTRY #29

The job hunt resumes. Today, I was bored to death in an uncomfortable waiting area. Once called, I put on my best applicant smile and wowed the interviewer (I hope I did wow her with that tooth paste commercial worthy smile!). Then I took this test. A quality checking activity and an abstract test. I generally feel good about it but I missed this question:

9N 8E 7S 6S __?

If you happen to know the answer to that please put it in the comments section below. Anyway, as I was waiting for the interview and the test to happen there were a lot of lull moments. I was a yawning machine so I had to hide my face in my folder.

As I was fighting my drowsiness in between yawns, I got the chance to people watch (cause there was a lot) and size up the competition. There are indeed many people in search of a job. It kinda motivated me to do better knowing that there are at least 5 people vying for one position. By sitting there and watching people come and go, I was a little entertained by some who were like lost puppies. There are those who are assertive and asks questions right away and then there are those who stands there, lingers, and looks around for about 15 minutes before asking the front desk about what to do. There are also chatty applicants who love small talk and then there are the unprepared ones. The ones who forget to bring pens and asks to borrow yours after which subconsciously makes you hurry up because somebody’s waiting on you (at least that’s how I feel).

Anyway, as I sat there bored with a grumbling stomach, I thought of a couple of things that a professional applicant should have during the job hunt. I shall call it:

THE JOB HUNTER’S SURVIVAL KIT

1. You should always have a valid ID with you. I know this kinda sounds dumb but I remember back when we were fresh grads most of us only have the school IDs which are not exactly valid because, well, we graduated already. Some of my friends had to bargain with guards using their ATM cards and whatnot.

2. Always bring a PEN… That writes. Bringing a pen is good but make sure that it still writes. This has happened to me before. I brought 2 pens and both of them failed me. Major face palm moment.

3. Mints or candies. We underestimate these little sweets but when you’ve been waiting for an hour with a grumbling stomach these babies will save you from getting ulcers. Plus breath mints prevent us from bad breath which is so easy to get especially if you’ve been sitting there not talking for the longest time. First impressions are important and you wouldn’t want the interviewer to think that you ate garbage for breakfast, right?

4. Bring a book or a listening device to pass the time. This actually helps with the boredom. I used to bring a book with me during these situations but the kind of books I read are more on the heavy side so I decided on just bringing my iPod with me. I just make sure that I can still hear the people around me so that I can hear if it’s my turn or if the building is on fire.

5. Last but not the least, bring your TONGUE and COMMON SENSE. Job hunting entails a lot of patience, perseverance, and most of all common sense. There are some people who are hesitant in asking questions. Maybe because the connotation is that if you don’t know things you’re stupid. What we don’t know is that asking questions is way better than not asking and then looking totally stupid. I used to be shy about asking for directions and asking questions with interviews but then I realized that getting lost and being clueless is far more worst. Do yourself a favor, save the time and effort, ask questions and you’ll get far.

Congratulations, you are now armed with the knowledge for surviving the job hunt. Hopefully, we all find that oh so elusive job that we want. Good luck! πŸ™‚

Job Hunt Diaries Episode 2: Waiting…

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1 Post A Day Challenge – ENTRY #17

Patience is underrated. I’m not a very patient person myself but as I grow older it proves to be a really good virtue to actually have. Not because my parents and all the books told me so but because it is true. I think that a person needs tremendous self-control and awareness to have patience.

Most things and situations ask for us to wait ergo the need to be patient. If you want to retain your sanity, you need to have a little, if not a lot, of patience going into this journey called life. Sucks, I know. I wait for a lot of things and just like most people I am impatient. Must be because of the fact that this society I live in constantly reminds me that the world is fast changing and I have to run if I want to keep up.

I am on the look out for my second job. I would go to interviews, do my best, feel like I knocked it out the park, and then patiently wait for the companies to call me back. I’d like to think that I’m doing it and handling it better than the first time I was on the job hunt. I haven’t mastered it (who has, right??) or anything but I’d like to think that I’ve become better at it. Before, I’d get so frustrated and disappointed. I felt like I was waiting for something that may never come. Eventually, all worries and doubts were put to rest when the oh-so-elusive first job arrived.

Once again, I am plunged into the uncertainty of unemployment and back into the waiting game that is the job hunt. Sometimes I still get frustrated and impatient. Fortunately, I think I’ve had enough experiences and mishaps involving rash decisions and impatience that led me to believe in the saying that patience is indeed a virtue. After you’ve done everything to make things happen, the next best thing to do is to patiently wait for results. Everything has its perfect timing. Believe that good things truly come to those who wait because they do.

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