Kasumi is the only woman in the group with a child. She freelanced when her son was
younger so she could champion his involvement with acting and film. It is no accident that
her son Kitao was honored as one of the top 25 new independent filmmakers in 2011 as
revealed in Filmmaker magazine (http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/news/people/kitao-
sakurai/) or that Kasumi would receive a prestigious Guggenheim award
(http://kasuminews.com/page/2). As noted in Outliers, it takes 10,000 hours for someone
to develop proficiency in their craft and time or practice added to talent is the essential part
of the success equation (Gladwell, 2008).
Four of the six men involved with this project are married and all have children except for
one. None of the men mentioned freelance imposing on their family, except in terms of
location, and they saw it in a positive light because of having accommodating partners who
understood their career.
The destabilizing effect of freelance is more difficult with children because of time
constraints and described by Rosalind Gill in Life Is A Pitch:
Round-the-clock working in order to finish a project did not suit all workers, and
this was perceived as a particular problem for those with or contemplating
having – children.. . . Perhaps not surprisingly, studies have indicated the very small
proportion of women in new media who have children (Batt et all, 1999; Gill &
Dodd, 2000), and this was also the case in my own research – a finding that
resonates with discussions of the emergence of more complex inequalities in other
creative industries (including journalism and academia) (Gill, R. & Deuze, 2011, p.
Mark Deuze, an Indiana University Telecommunications Professor, examines the new
practice of some manufacturing industries adopting the creative industries model of
significantly downsizing labor costs and putting the burden of healthcare, benefits,
vacations, and retraining on the employee. In a radio podcast with host Deb Kent on
WFHB radio (May, 2009), Deuze describes how the adoption of a creative model in
manufacturing comes at a steep price and could contribute to more unraveling of the
already fragile family structure.
One thing they have is a style of management of organizing the work that you see
now other industries, including the American car industry adopting. For example. . .
one thing we’ve seen American manufacturers doing in the last couple of years is
buying out the contracts of their employees. That doesn’t mean firing them. It