I suppose I should explain the title of this blog. The title derives from a "theme", if you will, from one of my classes a few years back. Let me explain.....
At some point during deadlines, my students get stressed out. I'd like to think that I don't put that much pressure on them, but seeing as though many of them are Type A personalities that have never gotten a B in their life and they sure as HELL aren't going to get one in TV class......gasp!....well, you can see how things can get stressful. I try to put things in perspective for them. I tell them that, yes, meeting deadlines are important, but just because you're way behind on your review of the coffee shop across the street, does not mean you're a complete failure in life. A former colleague of mine put it best:
"We're making TV, not curing cancer."
Truer words have never been spoken. So where was I? Oh yeah, the blog title. Well, for the next round of deadlines, a couple of my enterprising students had some t-shirts made up and presented them to the class. On the front of it read "There's No Crying in TV". On the back were all of their names. At first, it could be construed as a dictatorial statement.
ME: (cue echo and menacing music) There will be no crying in my class.
Instead, they made them to keep things in perspective. I still have that shirt....somewhere. I have a lot of staff shirts, but that one sticks out the most and the mantra lives to that day.