by Adam OelsnerAdam Oelsner is a freelance filmmaker and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. He’s worked on films like Medora and Last of the Great Romantics. He also reports on food, agriculture and sustainability at Heritage Radio Network.For freelancers, learning how to work comfortably in different kinds of workplaces is a necessity. When I first started freelancing, I worked for oyster farmers, retirement homes, tattoo parlors, and everything in between, but nothing could prepare me for working in a corporation.I moved to New York City from Washington state with the plan that I’d edit a wedding here, a commercial there, and then maybe I’d get to work on a documentary. But with little experience and lots of competition for the more exciting projects, I wound up doing more commercial and corporate jobs than I expected.I had thought I was ready to sell out, but I was about to experience some serious corporate culture shock!One moment, I’m at home happily editing a music video for a friend and then BAM! I’m at a high powered ad agency, sitting on a yoga ball next to a 23-year-old project manager, surrounded by ping-pong tables, Mini French Bulldogs, and catered lunches. This probably sounds like the pinnacle of success to many people, but this was the first time I worked at a big agency with big-name corporate clients and it sent me reeling.Our project was to execute a series of meaningless ideas, each one more bland than the last. Everyone was using their brilliance to help a super-corporation enhance its image and sell more soda, and it was hard for me to understand why.But then I started working with the staff, getting to know people. Despite my anti-establishment views and the generic nature of that particular job, when I just focused on the individuals around me, I ended up enjoying the work.I’ve definitely grown from the experiences — in more ways than one.First, there’s a different set of ground rules for putting together a video in the commercial realm. You’re not making art for art’s sake. Working within that system has been educational and surprisingly fun.That is, until my boss came in.He was a middle-aged man wearing gigantic baggy shorts, a hockey jersey, and aviator sunglasses. He peppered his speech with credibility building phrases like “up in this joint”. “Yo, don’t forget to attach that joint when you e-mail the specs to Ron.” He seemed to like our video, but said it still needed a little more…freshibility.OK, so I have met some people who rub me the wrong way. But I got over it. That’s the second thing I learned: doing business with individuals who I have a hard time relating to is one of those skills that comes in handy in many situations.Working in commercial and corporate video has been an unexpectedly positive experience for me. It’s where I learned to navigate the choppy waters of freelancing, and now I’m proud to call myself a PROFESSIONAL.So don’t be afraid to work outside your comfort zone. It’s good for business, and good for you.
Transfers Kovacic’s agent rubbishes Real Madrid exit rumours amid Man Utd, Juventus & Tottenham talk Chris Burton 17:53 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur Primera División Premier League Real Madrid The Croatia international midfielder is among those to have been linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu, but no switch is being planned Mateo Kovacic is not giving any thought to leaving Real Madrid this summer despite links to Manchester United, Tottenham and Juventus, claims his agent.The 24-year-old was a regular in Zinedine Zidane’s plans during the Frenchman’s final season at the Blancos helm, with 36 appearances made across all competitions.He does, however, face fierce competition for places at Santiago Bernabeu and was restricted to just 10 starts in La Liga during the 2017-18 campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now It has been suggested that he could move on in search of more regular minutes elsewhere, with various landing spots mooted across Europe, but his representative has sought to quash the rumours.Nikky Vuksan told Sportske Novosti: “Kovacic made history with Real on Saturday [in the Champions League final] and two days later the media write about a Juventus offer!?“We haven’t thought about leaving Real or interest from other clubs.“But, the summer is long and who knows what can happen after the World Cup.“Also, it is a compliment to Mateo that every summer there are rumours about how the biggest clubs want him, even though he is not in Real’s XI.”Kovacic told 24sata recently that he has been turning a deaf ear to transfer talk for some time, with speculation in 2017 shrugged aside to remain in Spain.He said: “Offers last summer? If Zidane tells you to stay, that you will play and that he has faith in you – you simply stay! It is Zidane!“It was a privilege to hear such words from someone like him, who was one of best ever. And also, it is Real Madrid… how could I leave Real?! It is an honour to be part of this club.”Kovacic remains under contract in Madrid until 2021 so it would take a sizeable offer from any of his suitors to break that agreement.