Sometimes I Forget to Say “Thank You” to the Assistant
I hope it’s legal for me to use this picture of Julia Child. I think in the context she’d be okay with it. While on a pre-interview chat today, the host sent me this picture. We had been talking about my foray into television and my gratitude for the assistant.
This picture shows what it really takes to make a television person look great – a whole lot of assistant! Julia must have been an amazing women who expressed gratitude or these five people probably wouldn’t be sitting on the ground in their dresses, suits and ties trying to help her be successful.
As I look at this picture I realize I need to express more gratitude for not only the assistant in business and life but especially the assistant in television.
What It Really Takes in Television
Few people get the opportunity to see behind the scenes . . . you’d probably be amazed. We read the price tags for television shows and movies and wonder how is that possible? It’s because of the assistant. There are so many people that make every show seamless.
Just in the little bit of television I do, I have my own assistant – who hopefully I give enough gratitude to because she is amazing, Miss Chela Sanchez! Then there are the people that work at the airports, airlines, car rentals, and hotels where I stay along the way. One than one assistant has saved my tush from these groups of folks! The assistant that helps me find all the food for the demonstrations. There is the hair and makeup assistant that makes sure I look better than normal (these people are miracle workers – trust me!). Once at the studio, I find the Producer who is putting it all together and their assistant. Then the sound assistant, teleprompter, lighting assistant, camera person, catering assistant, anchors, set designers, wardrobe assistant, grips, and honestly, a whole lot of other people running around making it all run smoothly. And they do this every single day! There isn’t enough gratitude for these people who make someone like me, someone they’ve never met, look and sound great.
But, there’s also my television assistant that helps me determine what the segment is going to look like – my business television mentor. And, the media team that makes sure every television clip is up and running for readers and followers. This assistant makes my whole business look good so I can do my job of helping clients . . . once again, the assistant makes me look good.
Assistant Makes Us Look Good or Bad
I found this picture too . . . look at all the assistant for this television shoot. It takes a bunch of people!
At a recent event I was listening to a “behind the scene” television person explain how she had helped many great stars do even better on camera by rewriting text for the teleprompter (and a few other secrets I probably shouldn’t share). It was amazing how, as the assistant, she could really help someone who showed gratitude and respect. It was also funny to listen about when she would not offer to be the assistant for a television person. She wasn’t sabotaging them or anything – just letting them be themselves. Truly, just like any assistant, especially a television assistant, it really is in their power to help us . . . or let us fall flat. She reminded me that it was about more than just gratitude, but common decency and respect, something I guess television might not have enough of for the assistant.
So Remember to Say Thank You
In all the running around and busyness of life, my television work is just another little piece. But, this photo of Julia Child on her television show reminded me how much assistant is needed for everything to work beautifully. I doubt those people enjoyed sitting around holding up pie tins as she worked her magic, but they did it . . . just like every other “behind the scene” assistant.
So, here’s a big shout-out to each assistant that’s ever helped me and I’ve forgotten to say thank you. (I hope there aren’t too many of you.)
With all my heart – I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for each of you and all you do.
Hopefully, I’ll always remember to express my gratitude and say thank you, whether it’s on television or just in life.
I highly recommend you do the same, because it really does take a whole team for each of us to succeed. I’m grateful for those surrounding me!