So after awhile of going back and forth between lower level positions and high level positions within the film world, (which kind of messes with my head sometimes) it looks like some things may be happening to help advance my career more permanently.
A little backstory, I have been working as a Costume Production Assistant on and off for 2 years, in between working as a costume designer, assistant costume designer and that one stint as a stitcher...eeekk. For the most part I have been overwhelmingly fortunate with those whom I have worked with, however once in awhile I get people who get a little too comfortable in seeing me in one role. I am reliable, fast and organized, a few qualities that a lot of Production Assistants are not. So it is understandable. However I am a driven person with aspirations of my own. The team I am working on, on this project went "sounds like someone is too comfortable keeping you where you are" and "thats the problem with being too good at your job"-but atleast they are helping me change that.
On the current project I signed on to I signed on with a specific understanding and promise. When asked to work on it I explained I was in the phase of transitioning out of being a PA. Unfortunately the roles that are a step up from there were not available as it is a low budget production. However we agreed that once I was able to establish that I was able to perform the basic responsibilities of the job that they were comfortable passing other responsibilities on to me. They really understood that someone needs to learn and perform other job roles in order to advance into them at some point.
Well almost immediately I was interchanging between 3 different job roles. Assistant, Coordinator, and Shopper. It also so happens that the Assistant Designer is leaving 2 weeks before we start to wrap, and I was asked to Coordinate for the remainder of filming and wrap. I am so excited and grateful for this opportunity to take a leap forward.
This is where the responsibility part of my post title comes in.
So as you can imagine through juggling 3 roles, a few things sometimes get lost/forgotten. When the question of "Did we get a tie bar for the Sheriff" I was posed with the question. Do I lie and say, "it was in the bag?" or do I own that I forgot.
I decided to own that I forgot about the tie bar and apologize. At least it was only a small thing, but I think it is important to own these small things. I made a mistake, I am human, I am sorry. I think that is a very important virtue too especially when I am moving up in the ranks on this project. If I mess up on recording budget information, I should own it, how can we fix it if one is not honest about what happened. Typically in a professional environment one overlooks the mistake, leads by example and shows how to go about fixing the problem. That is exactly what happened, the show must go on.
We should all take responsibility for our work whether it be in a good or bad context. I take pride and responsibility when I perform things that over exceed expectations. So I at least should take responsibility for something I did incorrectly.
The reason I think I am okay with doing this is because when I am on various projects I am invested in performing to the best of my abilities so that as a team we can have the best overall outcome. It is simply not one sided!
I strive to continue to lead my work and my work ethic in a non one sided way. In a more overall picture kind of way.!