Television Production – Lesson Twenty, Your Choices, Your Life

You would be surprised how much choices affect your life and your television programs. Making a choice is a simple action. Everyone needs to realize that the choices, even the most microscopic choices, affect our lives and our shows tremendously. When you wake up in the morning you have the option to go out into the world obliviously, or you can wake up, listen to the news and find out what is happening in your own community and then you are totally prepared for a very different day. Listening to the news (not the gory news but the informative news) can make or break the day.

Be Informed:

For example, if you live in a very large, bustling city, you can tell the weather and the surrounding events that might change your day. If you live in New York City, you can listen to the news and find out who is going to be in town. On a day that the President is coming to NYC, you are always best to leave the car at home and travel by bus, train or by walking to your destination. That one fact, whether the President will be in town or not, can change your travel arrangements and it can add or take away hours of needless travel. Usually on the President’s day in NYC, there is universal gridlock. Traffic comes to a stand-still because traffic patterns will be re-arranged, streets will be closed or cars will travel at a rate of less than half the usual rate in that city. Listening to the weather can mean the difference between you arriving at work in a soaked suit or arriving at work looking like the professional that you are. So, begin correctly, by being informed about what is happening around you or by being informed about what might happen. No news service or weather service is perfect or foolproof but you can at least get an idea of what might happen.

So, even those simple choices about whether to bring an umbrella or not can change your entire day. So for the purposes of this article, I am going to talk about the choices that you make when volunteering on other producer’s shows.


  1. You can choose to be wide open and work on anyone’s show, without even inquiring what the show is about. That gives you opportunities for more shows, more times and more days,
  2. You can choose to be picky about your volunteering. This is a good choice since whatever you volunteer for, can and will affect your reputation as a producer in the community.
  3. You can choose to throw away your power and let others choose for you. (This is not a good choice; you will suffer and probably other producers will suffer when the results come in).
  4. You can choose to work for particular producers or choose not to work for particular producers. After you are at community access for a while you probably will learn of everyone’s professional or non-professional reputations and you might think that you have enough information to go on. Stop. In your community, instead of listening to gossip or instead of listening to reputations, observe and learn for yourself. Yes, it is okay and it is a good idea to ask other people’s opinions but use this only for background information. Then take the opportunity to work with or to learn about the particular producer yourself and make your own judgments about whom you want to work with. Always make your own choices.
  5. You can set standards for yourself and use your own moral code or your own judgment about your own participation to guide you in choosing shows to work on. (And, prayer helps. It is always best to get guidance from God before making any important decisions in your life. And, deciding which shows to work on and deciding which producers to work for surely are important and these choices will make an enormous difference in your life.

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