New York Now: A Matter of Passion
A while ago, sometime last year, I was in D.C. for some meetings
spending the night at a hotel. I was tired but not yet ready
to sleep so I
turned on the TV and channel surfed. The only program that
attention was a PBS program: THE ARMENIANS: A STORY OF SURVIVAL.
I have no real knowledge, interest or connection with the
Armenians but it
was a riveting program and I watched. It so grabbed me that
I found some
toothpicks to prop open my eyes so that I could watch the
because my body wanted to sleep but my mind wanted to watch.
As soon as it was over, I fell immediately to sleep; glad
Id watched but
not giving it much more thought. Slip forward a few months
and one of my
clients phoned me, wanting to know if Id meet with Andrew
Goldberg, a young
producer that he had encountered and liked.
Meeting people is a thing I enjoy. Sure. Id do it.
We met. Turned out
hed produced THE ARMENIANS.
Tonight I am thinking of this because Andrew and I went to
a party for Robin
Agrnaoff, who works with Discovery Kids, someone Andrew met
at a screening.
Andrew is not shy and I admire that about him. As we left
the party, he
flipped his phone to touch base with his current lady and
I headed off
toward my home in Battery Park.
Riding home in my taxi, I thought about the party, full of
people who work
in and around the media. One of the things I enjoy about working
is that there are lots of people who are in it because they
are full of
Thats what I loved about THE ARMENIANS. It was a film
that had passion
that passed through the process to the screen.
It is not an easy time for us who work in media.
Not easy in New York or easy in California. Coming downtown
on the West
Side Highway in my taxi, I phoned a friend in California who
returned my last few calls. He has held important positions
at a number of
companies and is now about forty-five days away from making
decisions about his life. At some point one has to find a
But jobs arent easy to find.
A few weeks ago I had lunch with my friend Cindy. Having
just come from a
meeting with OLN I knew they were looking for some people.
lunch with Cindy I went: oh my god! I could have had a V-8!
So I put her
resume out to the OLN people and, not quite voila! but she
is starting there
Monday as a consultant.
The difficult thing for those of us in media is that there
are no jobs
well, not many. The OLN people told me that they had more
than 300 resumes
for a Director level job, most of them from people over qualified
Therein lies the dis-ease that lives here in New York and,
I suspect, in
every other place where media is an important job provider.
There are too
few jobs for too many people.
Its not a glamour industry anymore. Its an industry.
Not a bad industry
but an industry. No, were not making bras but were
not the industry we
were a few years ago. There are too many networks and, while
dollars are growing, those dollars are being distributed over
more and more
Thinner slices of the pie for everyone.
But what is attractive is that the industry attracts individuals,
Andrew, who are filled with passion and who have something
to say and will
say it no matter what obstacles are in their way. It is that
first attracted me to media and which keeps me attached to
an industry that
is going through huge changes. But it is an industry that
filled with people who have huge passions and it is
passion which gets us
from one day to the next and which helps distinguish us from