As this is a deadline driven, competitive industry, creating and following schedules and budgets was key to the successful completion of any given project. Maintaining open communication between team members, keeping an eye on milestones, and working cooperatively to achieve specific goals was essential in order to be successful in this fast paced yet exciting field. Many members of the team were hired on a contract basis and worked both in and outside of the office environment so it was critical that everyone be kept apprised of the status of the project and aware of whether they were on target to meet their piece.
I learned that the nature of business often hinges on a domino affect. If one individual does not meet their deadline, then it impacts the next phase of production, and the next, and so on, so it is important to be vocal if you believe you may need assistant in order to meet your deadline. I also learned that even though the business could be highly stressful and you may end up working with and/or for very demanding people, it is important to 'read' those individuals and identify what it is they need in order to make the team work smoothly. Some people need to be nurtured. Others are easy going yet dedicated to their role, and enjoy watching the project come together so you acknowledge their approach as well. It is important to pay attention to these factors when managing both people and a project. Productivity increases and the processes can actually be exciting when individuals are made to feel valued.
The most enjoyable part of my job was two-fold. One - working with some amazingly bright and energetic people who know how to laugh even when things get tough because we all know that as a team, we will make it happen; and two - seeing the 'final product'. All the time, effort, energy finally comes together. There's nothing like it.