Burn Notice – Is it just a job?

For those who don’t know me, I am the production sound mixer on the TV show Burn Notice.  Many perceive a career in the Movie/TV business as glamorous, but I assure you it is not.  It is a job.  We deal with office politics, difficult/uncomfortable working environments, and power struggles on a day to day basis.  Don’t get me wrong, there are many benefits to the job I wont go into, but understand, we get burned out and frustrated at our jobs just like everyone.  I won’t turn this into a whining session, so let’s just say it is not glamorous.  It is a job.

Today I was given a gift from one of our fans.  It was not a physical gift, but a reminder of why we do what we do.  A reminder that I will keep with me every day I work on Burn Notice.

A young fan was on set today.  It was his “wish” through the “Make-A-Wish Foundation” to be on the set of Burn Notice and have a small role in the show.  I had the opportunity to talk with him and his mother and father.  They were so delightful, and a real treat to have on the set.  This young man sat with the director (Jonathan Frakes) as we shot a scene in the morning, he got to interact with the stars of the show (Jeffrey Donovan, and Bruce Campbell), and he appeared in a scene with the actors and our stunt coordinator.  He even had a line of dialogue.  They will also receive VIP treatment at The Forge restaurant, where they will meet our lead actress, Gabrielle Anwar for a meal.

I stopped by to say goodbye and talk with the family as we finished our day of shooting, and they were thrilled with the day’s events.  They expressed their gratitude for the experience and it was then  it hit me.  I work on a show that touches people’s lives.  This young man could have asked for anything in the world, and he choose to be a part of the show I take for granted every day.  He loves the show that much!

What right do I have to complain about a bad day at work?  What right do I have to complain about a struggle in my personal life?  This family’s strength and positive attitude was a blessing to me, and I will never forget them.

How lucky am I to have been given this gift of understanding!  I challenge you to find the blessings in your life that are currently hidden from your view.

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4 thoughts on “Burn Notice – Is it just a job?

  1. I hope your coworkers read this, Scott, because your show absolutely touches lives. I am a writer who cannot even come close to expressing what this show has meant to me. I have done things I never would have done, met people I never would have met, and made friends I couldn’t possibly have encountered otherwise, all because of Burn Notice. I am grateful for it and everyone associated with it, every day. Thank you!

  2. Kris Naman

    What a delightful day you all had..

  3. Great story Scott. You should be proud of what you do, it obviously has more of an impact than you realize.

  4. My kids just stumbled on this in our research. They say, “You are so sweet! You inspire us every day!” You are one loved dude. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

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