My first job in the actual broadcast TV space was at a company that is primarily focused on faith-based television and it was a smaller outfit and the faith-based space, is a smaller niche part of the overall television landscape. Anyway, they’re a good company, but at the same time they were constantly living at the edges of growing. As a result, there were moments where they didn’t have the budget for some things, and had it for others. It was kind of a roller coaster, and through this time period I was actually fired. I was fired, released, laid off at least six times, and every time it was always the same thing. “Hey, we got a budget issue. I’m really sorry. We’ll stay in touch. Maybe we’ll work something out.” The very first time I was gone for three days, the second time was like a week. The third time, I think, might have been only a day or two, possibly even just over the weekend. So they let me go on a Friday rehired on a Monday. Every time they brought me back, I was given a title bump and a raise and I was put in charge of more things. This last time was when I began to realize that there existed, this yoyo. I understood and I don’t hold it against them, this is not a dig on them. When you’re a smaller outfit, you have to make quick decisions. I never left on bad terms or in a bad way. It did however make me realize that, each project comes and goes and sometimes you’re going to have to address parts of it that you don’t like.
Sometimes, that means you’re going to make some clear decisions, and other times, you’re going to have to fly by the seat of your pants. The one thing that being fired six times taught me was that I wanted to make sure that I planned out my projects just a little better. Again, no dig on them, they’re great company, they’re wonderful people. Still, I realized that at this level I didn’t ever want to be in that position. I didn’t want to be looking at good people and always having to be in the apologetic position of bringing them back and saying, “Hey, I’m sorry I didn’t plan well enough or whatever else.” So it became an invaluable lesson. One that I would never change and one that I don’t criticize them for. It taught me some things and that’s, I think one of the more important lessons. If you plan out your strategies, whatever they are, plan out your project, not the people you’re using, plan your budgets and budget accordingly. You shouldn’t ever run into those kinds of issues. So, again, super valuable and, I definitely appreciate the experience.