I recently interviewed a high-ranking exec at a major US cablecaster and his positive, down-to-earth attitude about his job really impressed me. The television and film industry does have its share of ego-saturated execs – have you ever been privy to discussions about the wording of titles? It can get plain nasty. But, thankfully, for every diva in this biz there’s a breath of fresh air.
Here are the aforementioned exec’s thoughts on keeping grounded:
“I’m really fortunate, I have a great job, I work with great people, but I don’t let it get to my head, like ‘I’m the head of programming for a television network and you people are insects. That’s stupid. I’ve seen so many people in this business that have had the fortune to really move up and they’ve been great about it. I’ve also seen people I really like and they’ve moved up and they turn into monsters and it’s like, ‘You’re kind of a jerk now – what happened?’ They buy into the whole ‘I’m in 96 million households now or whatever’ thing and it’s like, ‘Yeah, but if you get a pink slip tomorrow, who would you be?’ Just be yourself. I always say ‘Follow the Golden Rule and be true.’ And I always tell people to be diplomatically honest.”
Makes sense to me.