It’s not a big Thing for you. But it is the Thing for me.
So just to lower your expectations:
I am not getting married
I am not pregnant
I am not leaving the country
I am not moving
And it has nothing whatsoever to do with him
Sorry to disappoint you.
The Thing is …
I kiss S. on the cheek, because I know he likes that.
“Good to see you” I say.
“And you” he blushes and smiles back.
“So where are we going today – Magrathea, Ursa Minor, perhaps a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster on …?”
“HAHA good one!” I look at him.
“Oh you were serious”.
“Yes” he said.
“I didn’t know you liked Notting Hill”
“Well, there are some people I want you to meet” he says.
“Huh, what people?”
“They do something with film making or something. I told them about you, they want a talk”
“Wow, wait a minute! I am not looking for a job just yet – I have zero, zip, nada experience, and …”
“I thought, you know, film school and such” he is remarkably calm.
“Well no! I have written a tiny script, and made 90 seconds of crap on film school, but that’s about it that’s no way near enou…”
“Aha, well they expect us kind of now. I thought .. you talked about dream jobs and …”
“I meant that 5 years from now I might go look for one. As I told you last time, I can’t even define what job I want. I really have no idea …”
“I know that, “something with film making” you said” he said.
“Yeah, and you can’t find a job with a definition like that – so – I would say – the Pan Galactic Gargle …”
“The job they have is new, and somewhat undefined, and they described it as “something with film and documentary making”. All they want is someone with passion, so I think that sounds quite a bit like you.”
“Wha..? Oh .. Ah… Ehrm …”
“Talk with them, if you don’t like it, it’s off to the Gargle Blasters.”
And so he delivered me at their office in Notting Hill. And I went in. And they were nice. And I said – no experience! And they said – but S. said lots of passion! And I said yeah! And they said – so do you want the job. And I said – I have to think about it. Which I did – for about 0.0000042 seconds. And I said OK! And they said great! And so I quit my IT job today. And I start my new job, which is “something with film and documentary making” on the 18th of June.
Weird story eh? But it is true.
S. and I drank 5 Gargle Blasters afterwards. And I told him that he is the coolest man I know in the Galaxy.
He really is. He rocks.
(A few notes on this:
It’s corporate documentary making, so it’s not going to run in your local cinema or on TV.
I have no idea if I can do this, it’s totally new and different from what I have done. It’s a risk I have to take, if I mess it up I can always go back to an IT job.
It feels very very weird to say goodbye to IT after 22 years. (22 years – I must be out of my mind)
This is an amazing opportunity to step into another world.
I wasn’t looking for a job at all, it happened to land on my path!
If all goes well it changes producing my own short film from “a dream for the future” to “something really doable”).
So – that’s The Thing.
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been”