I was 41 weeks pregnant when I nabbed my first job writing for television.
I remember waddling into the Executive Producer’s office and seeing him quickly look from me to the spindly chair I was heading towards.
He was a polite guy and tried to hide his amazement. (Note: he didn’t hide it very well.)
It was a new children’s series and very innovative back then – animation, live action and mixed media.
First drafts of the scripts were due in just 8 weeks and I had no track record in writing for kids.
Or experience of working with him.
Oh and by the way, did I mention this was my first baby?
Looking back now, I can’t imagine where I got the energy, the chutzpah or even a dress big enough to take that interview.
Even more surprising was that I ended up landing the gig.
I often wonder how that guy managed to look past the enormous ‘story’ sitting in front of him (enormously-pregnant-woman-about-to-embark-on-life-changing-learning-curve) …
… and see instead the story we could create together.
I must have told a bigger story than my belly.
If we want to do new things and great things, we need to be very good at creating a future story.
One that’s bigger and more promising than the story that already exists.
A story that’s alive with vision, enthusiasm and possibility.
And a story strong enough to overcome the safety of old assumptions and everyday logic.
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