Everyone is going nuts right now because NBC fired Dan Harmon from his show, COMMUNITY. I’m not allowed to voice my opinion in real life, because friends of mine work on that show and because I’m friends-in-law with Dan. So I’m going to blog about it instead.
If you’re an asshole who insists on wallowing in your own misery, it’s only a matter of time before that misery catches up with you. Moreover, if you’re prone to wild temper tantrums, then you’d better be sure that your product is perfect and wildly loved by the masses. Community is a very good show, but when you’re bringing in the same 18-49 ratings as JESSE STONE, then even the bizarro nice-guy version of Dan Harmon would find himself on the chopping block.
How does this apply to PAs? Because, despite being at the bottom of the totem pole, too many PAs out there are complete assholes, filled with self-righteousness and entitlement. Look, you make photocopies and get people’s lunches. Even if you write the greatest PA blog of all time, you’re no better than anyone else.
In fairness, I think Dan Harmon is brilliant, and I think it’s only too bad that he hasn’t changed his attitude by now. For any aspiring writers (like myself), I’d recommend reading anything and everything Dan Harmon has ever written about the hero’s journey.