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Appeasing the Entertainment Gods

Posted on: July 1st, 2009 by Christine Kent

Hi Everyone,

Let’s face it, the job market hasn’t been all that great over the past few years. Statistics are showing that it is taking an upturn, which is fantastic news! However, this has been a difficult time for many in this industry. While work is out there, it can be difficult to find. Many talented and highly-qualified people have been forced to take lesser jobs to keep food on the table. It’s almost as if someone has angered the Entertainment Gods! Even though things are starting to look a bit brighter, many of you would probably agree that if you have a job, you want to keep it! So, how do you do that? How do you shine at work and keep your current position secure? How do you appease the Entertainment Gods and keep your employer happy?

1. Be Ever Present – First rule of thumb is to be present on the job. Now, I’m not talking about just showing up, but actually “be there!” Be a vital part of the team and always be willing to go the extra mile. There is a difference between just going through the motions and actively doing your job. The Entertainment Gods have no time for someone who is phoning it in. If you can’t be present in your role, they will find someone who can! Throw yourself into everything you do and show that you are an awesome employee. The Gods will notice!

2. No Problems, Only Solutions – Don’t ever just say that something can’t be done. Instead come up with solutions. The Entertainment Gods reward pro-activity, so if there is a problem, fix it. Suggest remedies to issues that pop up frequently. Don’t be the person that goes to the boss and says, “We can’t do that.” Instead go to the boss and say, “I found a way to make that work.” Suggest new processes and add to best practices. Be the answer guy. Be the person your supervisor can rely to find solutions and get the job done! It will make you shine!

3. Ask Questions – No matter how long you’ve been on the job, or how many years of experience you have under your belt, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions means you are actively thinking about your work and the efforts of those on your team as well. Don’t ever be afraid that you will look stupid for asking questions on the job. Just the opposite…it will show the Entertainment Gods and those in charge that you care about your work.

4. Keep Learning – Also, no matter how long you have been at your current role, there is always something new to learn. Technology is always evolving and new innovations are frequent in every phase of this industry. The Entertainment Gods will love it if you continue learning and you are always up on the latest. Take a class or read up on industry trends. Stay abreast of what is going on and keep up with the curve. You can’t afford to let things get stale. The Entertainment Gods hate stale offerings!

5. Room For Improvement – I don’t care who you are… there is always room for improvement. No is perfect, right? So, always look for ways to hone your skills or streamline your process. The Entertainment Gods always want the best sacrifices to keep them happy, right? So, offer them up your very best and keep improving on it. They will love it!

6. Stay Informed – Always be up on the latest industry news, as it pertains to your area of the industry. Know, not only what is in the pipeline where you work, but also know what your competitors are doing. Even though we are all one big happy family in this industry, the phrase “know thy enemy” comes to mind. If you know what the competition is doing, it will keep you competitive with them and help to insure that the Entertainment Gods smile upon your employer and they (and you) continue to thrive.

Appeasing the Entertainment Gods is imperative in this industry. However, it can be easy sometimes to fall into a rut and lose sight of your goals and the goals set forth by your employer. However, making strides to appease the Entertainment Gods can give you longevity in your current role and will make you shine through in this close-knit industry. The Entertainment Gods will recognize the effort and be very well pleased!

Until next time… stay tuned!

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