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you need the face time.” She suggests that although geography does make a difference, it
is your personal contacts that are more important when it comes to collaborative projects.
Kasumi stresses, “Hired to do a job is one thing. But hired to do a job as a collaborator is
another thing. It’s really important to understand the contributions of each person, as is the
case in film. If you think your part is more important than someone else’s, then you will
fail.”
Kate Farrell (Producer): Geography Influences The Type of Work; Friends A
Major Factor
Kate, formerly a producer on the Olympics and the Super Bowl, is no stranger to large-
scale production. She is currently an executive producer at WE-tv where she works on
reality television programming. When I interviewed Kate a year ago, she was living in
Millbrook, New York and working on freelance. Prior to our interview, she had quit working
at WE-tv previously because of the everyday commuting strain:
“It was at least a two-hour each-way commute on the train. I did that but that was a
job that I eventually left. I was looking for work in New York again and no one would
really hire me as a ‘work from home’ person. Not in freelance. You have to go on
shoots, go on location, be in the edit room. You have long days and you can’t
commute two-hours each way and pull a 12-hour day. It’s too exhausting.”
Kate continues, “Which coast you live on is another factor. If I wanted to work regularly in
reality, I should be living in L.A. That’s where it’s happening. In New York, there’s only
about four companies that do reality series in the New York area. . .maybe more I don’t
know about. So you’ve already limited your scope. One of things that I’ll do in New York is
to keep in touch with my sports friends. Another factor is friendships. A lot of my freelance
contacts are people I worked with at all the big sporting events the Olympics, World
Championships, etc.”
Kate Farrell (Producer): Find Jobs Via Word-of-mouth; Occasionally
Checks Realitystaff.com
In 2011, this was the first time Kate went actively seeking work since 1986 and notes:
I had always been called for work. Always. When I pulled myself out of the business
four years ago, folks just thought I had gone another route because I wasn’t around
anymore. I discovered that the staff at not-for-profits did not have the same energy
and perfectionist level that I had grown accustomed to. So, I got a little itchy for the
high-pressure exciting projects and realized I had to look for work. It’s about
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