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.