Responsibility on a Working Team

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Not long ago, we finished up the final sound mix review for Season 2 of Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” My producing partners were having a blast. We were all enjoying the show we had worked so hard to will into existence. At those moments, all the typical pressure and stress seems to melt away into a wash of gratification. It’s great to love what you do, and to feel substantially responsible for a good result.”¨
The higher you get in the creative process or management chain, the more responsibility you take on. My responsibilities to the Studio and Network include making sure the show gets completed on budget, and delivered in time to air. To my creative producer partners, I feel responsible towards helping them deliver a show that’s as close as possible to the show they envisioned in their heads.

And just as important, I feel a responsibility to make sure that my team is fully invested in the show we’re working on, that they’re getting healthy challenges, so they have a chance to learn and grow and, of course, that they’re having a good time while working so hard. To me this is key. We’re all going to spend more time with each other than we usually get with our loved ones waiting at home. It had better be worth it! When the whole team is invested in making the show the best it can be, the other responsibilities usually fall into place.

And of course, there is the responsibility to myself. I know after all these years, that it’s up to me to make sure I find new ways to challenge myself, to invest myself in my job. I don’t think that Happiness and Love are things you simply find, I feel they have to be created. If I want to feel them in my professional and personal life (and who doesn’t?) then I know it’s my responsibility to create them whenever possible.

Of course, more responsibility = more risk. More on that with “Risk.”

About The Author

I was raised in the Des Moines, Iowa, and had the good fortune to come out during my early days at Stanford University, which meant that I came of age in the San Francisco Bay Area, circa 1978! (That deserves two - !! ) I was thrilled to finally understand that piece of myself, and found many inspiring members within the gay community that helped me feel great about who I was. After college I moved out to New York to pursue a career as an actor. My 20's were fairly eventful (it was the 80's in New York, mind you) but by the end of that period in my life, I was looking for a more satisfying way to work and live. When my agent and manager both started moving clients to LA, I went, happily. Eventually I found my way into Renaissance Pictures, the production company run by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, where I worked on "Hercules" and "Xena." After several very cool years with them, I headed back to New York, motivated by a possible position on a gay cable network (that never happened) and a new love (that most definitely did!). 13 years later I find myself happily married to my husband Chris, working on two cool shows ("Nurse Jackie" and "Bored To Death"), and living in Chelsea with our golden retriever Jezebel. During the summer we're lucky enough to balance our time between the Pines on Fire Island, and Ptown on Cape Cod. During those visits, Jezebel loves nothing more than to jump the waves after a ball, or chase seagulls along the beach. She's a good role model on how best to enjoy the simple pleasures, and as easy a child to raise and love as ever there was! (She is a golden, after all!) You can reach Brad at carpenterbrad@me.com.

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