I survived my first Monday at my new job and celebrated my one week anniversary on Tuesday. It’s been a quiet start so far in what’s being called the “off-season,” since Supercross, Arenacross and Monster Jam are off, (but I did just start seeing Monster Jam copy coming through.) If the entertainment world is anything like racing, there’s no such thing as an off-season – we’re always working on something. The production team has been super helpful getting me caught up to speed while offering me a warm welcome, spanning from 5 feet away to two cubicle aisles down, or across HipChat from Illinois at the former global headquarters. So, in between learning the in-house CMS and memorizing all of the brand abbreviations, I’m keeping a custom .doc handy of the most common legal disclaimers along with a daily spreadsheet of the jobs I’ve completed – it’s helpful to know the volume and which piece I worked on. I’ve also started a list of ideas I have for creating content…but more on that later.
The work is meaningful and can get pretty intense once I’m in the rhythm – it seems like there’s this endless queue of tasks – but I get to set my own pace and that’s one of the reason why I love copy editing: I’m never at work wishing I was somewhere else; I’m always where I am, just focused on the ferocious hunt. It’s a lot of checking and re-checking since, as one of my colleagues put it, “It’s kind of against our nature and our job to completely trust what we did before.”
One of the perks of my new position, besides all the moto swag and feeling valuable, productive and busy at work, is the prime location, which is 4 miles from my downtown Brandenton apartment and less than 8 miles from my best friend from high school’s house. It’s nice to have an after-work workout buddy and even better when her fiancé, who also works with me, joins us, so we get to talk shop sometimes, too. Just the other night he was called to announce the new Ringling show, “Out of This World,” not “the same old circus,” and caught the next flight to Los Angeles. “Good thing to have on your resume,” I told him, to which he replied, “I don’t plan on working anywhere else.” Same.
Being in the circus is not just a job, it’s a culture- a way of life so deeply ingrained in most of the performers they have no desire to ever leave. This culture is free of detachment, laziness and mediocrity, and bursting with collaboration, precision in all the things and heartfelt appreciation for their audience. – 7 Values We Can Learn From the Circus.