Making the tough decision

January 6, 2015 | by Jack Sitch

Like many of us I found myself at a crossroad with the direction I was heading professionally. After working freelance as my primary source of income most of the past three years, I had to make a decision to continue as a freelance producer and video professional or going back to ‘work for the man’.

I chose to give up some of the freedom of freelance production in trade for a steady income and more importantly, good benefits. While I still feel young and love to work hard I know reality is that I am not the young puppy I once was and freelance is really more for the young professionals. That’s especially true when it comes to benefits like retirement and health insurance. So I accepted an offer to take over leading a production department and I have stepped back into primarily producing TV commercials and web videos.

How’s this relate to you and your dreams? It’s a great reality check and a pretty good example of facing and making the hard decisions. I can no longer say that I am focusing all my energies on my own company and that is sad, but the agreement reached with ‘the man’ allows me to continue to teach producers and screen actors, work freelance when possible and continue to chase my dreams – albeit in a different way. I can be comfortable with the reality of steady income, I can now afford the kind of health insurance I need as a diabetic, and if another producer walks away owing me money for work completed it won’t be the end of the world.

As you examine your personal situation and feel like you really want to work in the business but aren’t sure what you need to consider – I would be happy to help you weigh the pros and cons. Your decision though, like my recent decision, is a personal one and no one else can make the decision for you. Don’t be afraid to make the decision, just be sure to really be honest with your pros and cons. Then the decision is relatively easy to make.

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