By Clare Almand
12 Apr

It’s All Happening

Friday, April 12, 2013

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!

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