An Inside Look: Becoming a Meme – A Story of Dedication
This week I wanted to give you a look into my past, and talk about dedication. From 2010 – December 2014 I was a crew member for The Film and Television Industry…you know one of those names scrolling on the screen at the end of the movie. I know most of you leave the theater or turn the tv when these start. Being a crew member is an intense job. A standard day on set is 12 hours and most of my days averaged around 15-16 hours from the time I left my door and got back home.
In 2013 I started working on the final chapter of the Hunger Games series. This would mean the shooting of two movies at the same time and a planned 149 day schedule. A healthily active lifestyle and training have always been a big part of my life. At times while working on set I would let this fall to the wayside. I knew on this film I was in for the long haul and decided if I was going to make this career work I could not let this vital part of my life slip away. So what did I do? I became a meme.
Here is a Meme a fellow crew member made of me after catching me doing pull ups on a scaffolding rig on one of our sound stages. Day 44 of 149. “Anywhere, Anytime!”
I dedicated myself to being active on set. I would give myself the goal of doing 10 push ups every hour finishing most days well over a 100 push ups. In our AD trailer there was a bar I would use to do pull ups on. I’d bring my jump rope to set and jump on stages not being used. On days we wrapped in 10 hours I would do a quick 20 Minute workout at my apartment gym. I became THAT guy.
My hope in telling you this story is to help you understand that if you truly want something you have to be dedicated. You have to make up your mind on what you want and then decide what you are willing to do to make it happen. What are you willing to give up for you goals?
Have a game plan. If you absolutely have to miss the gym, how will you make it up? Open gym? Run on your own? Come up with a backup plan on those busy days.
I loved my career and had many surreal moments. After 5 years my heart was no longer into what I was doing. The time had come for me to follow my heart.
This day started with me getting up around 5:30 AM to leave and be on set for my 6:30AM call time. Below is the bottom picture of me still at work well past 8:00PM. Guess what? I had to be back at the same time the following day. You better believe I did my push ups that day.