Our Speaker: Chris Chambers
CEO, MJM Creative
In April 2008, the Pope came to New York. I talked one of my friends, who happened to be producing the ‘show’ into letting me work the crew call, otherwise known as several gruelling and cold all-nighters in Yonkers. Assigned to the CAT power crew, I spent 20 hours slugging miles and miles of power cable through fields and buildings.
At 2 a.m. the first night, the union steward called a break, and we went into this big mess tent with heaters…and hot pans of spaghetti and meatballs. That meal meant everything. It made every moment up to 2 a.m. worth it, it fueled every minute we would work after. And, I never again questioned the validity of crew meals as a budget line item.
My job today brands me with a different title (albeit my share of all-nighters)—but I haven’t let that stop me from slugging cable. Sometimes, I stage-manage. And I’m as likely to storyboard a client video as I am to sign off on its budget.
I’m not the expert at every task and skill needed to build and create your meeting to training, but I’ve made it part of my job description to know what each of them are…and what and who it takes to get them done.