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It’s a Habit

So, I haven’t written here in a while, and the reason is… there is no reason.

Between being unusually busy at work and working on personal projects in my free time, there were a few weeks there where I just didn’t have time to blog.

Another factor is the unrelenting series of emails that boil down to “I just graduated from film school.  How do I get a job?”  It’s almost as if I don’t have a search bar, or a category labeled “Finding a Job.”  It reminds me how writers’ blogs are constantly getting the question, “How do I get an agent?”  Except infinitely more sad.  A guy can write, “Craig’s List/Mandy/Coordinators’ 411” only so many times before he starts going crazy.

Like going to the gym or balancing your checkbook, not posting became a habit.  It got to the point where I would think, Jeez, if I haven’t written in two months, my next post better be fucking FANTASTIC.

I started getting emails from people asking what happened to me.  Did I get fired? (No.)  Did I get promoted? (I wish.)  Did the big meanies in the comment section make me cry, so I just took my ball and went home?  (Maybe a little.)

But really, I stopped writing and continued not writing.

Then, last week, I got this email:

Wanted to send a quick note of congratulations for being named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “50 Best Blogs for Moviemakers.” We reviewed a lot of blogs and I can tell you that the competition was fierce this year!

Just wanted to give you a quick heads that you are more than welcome to let the world know about the accolade. The issue was launched at Sundance last week and is on newsstands, so will certainly have a lot of additional eyeballs. Though the full article is not online yet, we do have a brief rundown on our website, if you’d like to let others know about this.

So now, even though I don’t know how I came to be on their list, let alone placing fourth (strange how the top 5 blogs all start with the letter “A”), I kinda feel like I have to get back to blogging.

So, watch this space.  More will be coming soon.

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16 Responses

  1. That is my pet peeve question. “Can you get me a job?” And…”How did you get this gig?” No, I can’t get you a job. I can barely get myself a job. I’ve just started telling people that I put out A LOT. There’s no other way.

    PS-Congrats on the listing.

  2. Well, I’m glad you’re back but it’s a bit of a backhanded compliment to those of us who read your blog before your hiatus. Apparently, we don’t matter- nor did our emails and comments asking where you went.
    Only an award from some random blog contest was enough. What about the fans, Anonymous. What about the fans?
    Is Hollywood going to your head?

  3. PHEW. I was crying over your disappearance the other day. No honestly, just realized that sounds sarcastic, but it isn’t and I was. I’ve been emotional lately. I’m just getting back to graduate film school and totally lost about what I want to do or if I really want to do this f’d up thing as a career.

    Keep writing – i’m a fan.

  4. Heya! I got the issue a week ago and noticed you listed as well (sorry I held my congratulations until you acknowledged it). So, congratulations!!!

  5. Erm… I don’t mean to burst your bubble about being #4 and all, but I’m pretty sure these blogs are organized in alphabetical order. It’s still an honor to be included, however, and I do enjoy reading your blog, so congrats!

  6. Welcome Back! There was talk that you might have kicked the bucket over on Blood, Sweat, and Tedium. Glad to hear you are doing fine! By the way perhaps a name change might be in order for the blog. Maybe The Aardvark Production Assistant, first place would be yours for sure.

    Just thought I should pass on a funny story as well. A while back I commented on a post about someone looking for work in Vancouver and spoke about a web series I am producing. One day when I arrived there was a new PA so I introduced myself and she said “you commented on the APA blog, that’s how I heard about this”. I’m paraphrasing a bit but that was the gist. She also had worked with the ALM so that helped. Anyway she was great, the shoot was great and I’m hoping she learned something, made some connections (she was a volunteer), and had a good time while doing it despite the snow at the end. It’s a small internet!
    Looking forward to reading more, keep up the good work.

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