interested in writing television sitcoms. Marc’s view is that geographical location is central
to his line of work and shares his experience and states:
Despite the Internet and emails that were kicking in during the 90’s, I was trying to do
things from here. The situation had Paul Reiser with Mad About You and I was
hoping to freelance a script. It took awhile and I finally got an assignment. I was
thrilled. As it turned out, the show was going through a bit of flux at the time. I got it
at the beginning of the season and something happened and the executive producer
left and Larry Charles (Seinfeld and Borat) came on at the time. I thought this is great
for me. . ..As the process worked out, the episode never got made because the arc
of the season got changed midway and what I was writing didn’t make sense for the
characters they wanted to focus on which was some other season plot point. I
spoke with Larry and he said, ‘when you’re not here, I need somebody because
things are so fluid and I need to say hey Marc come in today you’re in Cleveland
and I can’t do that.
As Marc mentions, geography does make a difference because he lives a lifestyle that “we
couldn’t live in L.A. My wife also works and has a steady job. It’s not all upon my income.
My income is supplementary.” One thing Marc misses about Los Angeles, “although I
wasn’t fond of the lifestyle, is the creative energy of people doing what you’re doing on the
same level or a higher level.”
Bill Cavanaugh (Audio Engineer): Greetings From Elba
“From a technical standpoint, I could do this anywhere. But you still need face time with
these people. You need to be able to get to them because if there’s an issue I want to
be close enough to come and talk to them and will drop by in the city. Proximity matters,
adds Bill:
Social contact is important. That’s why I still take jobs working in the remaining
studios. So I can go two or three times a month into the city so I can be around
humans. That’s where the Elba line came up. . .just mixing up here and being by
myself I feel a bit like I’m reading books and waiting to reinvade Europe. I’m not
going to reinvade Europe. I’m not going to reinvade Manhattan I never completely
pulled out.
He used to affectionately refer to his home in Rhinebeck, New York as “Elba,” a historical
reference to the island where Napoleon was banished and Bill talks about the adjustment:
When I first moved there, I felt a bit exiled. I had to sell a new model and would tell
clients I could be there in two hours. I can get it to you in twenty minutes if you send
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