4/12/2013 9:29 AM
By Clare Almand
It’s a quote from one of my favorite movies, “Almost Famous,” a film about a teenage boy who gets his dream job to write for Rolling Stone and goes on an adventure touring with one of his favorite bands. I used the quote in a blog post I wrote about my own adventure—when I first moved to New York a little over a year ago. But as I’m on to a new phase within that same journey, I think it’s worth repeating: It’s all happening.
Before I go into the new, here’s a recap of the old phase: For the past year, whenever I met a new person, the conversation would go something like this:
Them: What do you do for a living?
Me: I work at a TV production company.
Them (interest piqued): Oh, wow! What do you do there?
Me: I’m in accounting.
Them (interest lost): Oh…cool.
Before they leave to find someone more awesome to talk to, I try to keep their attention with, “…but what I really want to do is screenwriting!” And then I proceed with a joke, (read: an absurd statement that is only funny because it’s absolutely true): “I have degrees in cinema studies and creative writing and after graduating, my greatest skill was playing Scene It?” (a movie trivia board game). And while that usually gets a laugh, it doesn’t change the fact that I’m in the wrong field in the right industry.
New phase: I don’t have to have that exact conversation anymore. The next time I meet someone and they ask me all excited about what I do in TV production, I can respond with:
“I’m a writer’s assistant.” (“Booyah!” optional.)
It’s as close to my dream job as I could possibly get just starting in the creative department. More importantly, it’s closer than I ever thought I could get at my company. And I feel great about it. I worked really hard. I paid my dues. I did the unpaid intern thing for three months followed by the entry-level accounting assistant job for a year. I’ve spent the last two weeks researching and writing first, second, and third drafts of outlines trying out for this new position. I haven’t just been working to get into the writer’s room for the last 15 months; I’ve been working my whole life to get into that room. And now I’m here.
I know that my biggest weakness is fear. Fear is what kept me in Virginia for two and half years after college. Not asking for a raise for fear of rocking the boat, not going out for that promotion for fear of failure—I was guilty of both of those things this past year. Until one day, I wasn’t. Everyone’s time on this earth is limited and for people like me, it might be even more so. I almost had my 11th heart surgery two months ago, which is a blog post or two in and of itself, but it made me think: What am I waiting for?
So what are you waiting for? It’s all happening!
Clare Almand was born with Shone’s syndrome and has undergone a repair for coarctation of the aorta, multiple atrial septal defect and ventricular septal defect repairs, aortic valve replacement and an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator implantation. She has a B.A. in Media Arts and Design with a minor in Creative Writing from James Madison University. Clare works at a TV production company and writes screenplays in her spare time.
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2 comment(s) so far...
By Cindy on
4/12/2013 1:01 PM
Re: It’s All Happening
Ever since I read your first blog post back in 2011, I have looked forward to reading about your progress and latest adventure. When you throw in severe congenital heart disease with more than 10 heart surgeries and a plethora of mechanical devices to keep your heart beating, your journey is made that much more amazing and admirable. Your growing mental strength and determination will no doubt keep you on the path to reaching your final professional goal, and may create many more not yet imagined. Congratulations!
By Darby and Gene on
5/9/2013 7:48 AM
Re: It’s All Happening
You made it and have many future successes to come for sure! The journey, however unexpected, makes the "ultimate goal" that much sweeter!!!!! Enjoy this new journey, Ms Clare, and know that you have countless fans in your corner ....YOU ROCK!!!!! Love, Darby, Gene, and the NJ Flood Fan Club (: