On a table in the middle of my living room, there are five Emmys, each with an engraved band that includes my name and the team and production for which I won it. Though I suppose that the Emmys are in my sightline most of the time when I am home, I don't think about them that often, much as it happens with anything you see regularly--you see it so much that after a while, you don't really see it at all.
Yet, every so often, because someone has mentioned them, or because I am
dusting the table where they sit, I think about where they came from,
about how it was that I went from a kid in the suburbs watching the
Emmys on TV to a college graduate working on a TV show to a person with
five Emmys on a table. I think about the teams with whom I worked, the
people from which are now scattered all over. I think about the long
production days and the stressful control room situations and those
times when we knew we were doing something really special. I think about
the moments in time that the statues represent, moments that, some
days, feel very far away.
You would think that those five statues would be my calling card, the
prop-slash-resume line that opens doors and smooths the roads ahead. But
while I am opening the doors and walking the roads, the statues are
pretty much just sitting on the table. Does it matter that I have them?
Sure. They are a reminder of people I know, and of the strength of
collaboration, and of the feeling of doing work well and being recognized
for the result. They are a reminder--and I can often use that
reminder--of the fact that where I've been does matter, and of the fact that
each thing I do now, whether Emmy-eligible or not, matters too.
There may never be another Emmy added to the five on the table--you
never quite know where life will take you. The five may remain just
moments in time, reminders of days and jobs past. And while they may not
be a calling card, they can still be a reminder card. I was--and still
am--a creative and curious Editor. I was--and still am--a passionate AD and
Director. And whether there's a sixth Emmy or not, I look forward to
many more years of working with teams and on projects that matter.
Because that's what those Emmys on my table are really all about.