My Shared Space Startup Chapter 2
Before settling on a career as an entrepreneur I had a dream of being the worlds best sound designer.
I was incredibly fortunate to score a trainee job working on The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey in Wellington.
It was hard enough getting a leg in the door ,yet that was nothing compared to what lay ahead. At the time, that year became the gnarliest work year of my life. The weekly hours started at 55 and sometimes hit 100.
The intensity during that time was 100% and trust me, they do not take lightly to people making mistakes. They had the success of the Lord of The Rings to live up to and there was no way Peter Jackson would accept anything less than ground breaking.
I managed to make it through to the end of the film through hard work, determination and a relentless pride to prove that I had what it took.
Then I received my first real world lesson in business. Due the nature of the film industry, (everyone is a contractor) the work I put in on film 1 of the trilogy didn’t guarantee me a spot on film 2.
At the end of the summer of 2012/13 I received the call to say that I wouldn’t be coming onto film 2 and that the spot was given to another assistant who had roughly 5 years more experience than me, but would be relatively on the same money as me.
I was completely guttered. Yet, how could I argue with that? From a business perspective, why would you pay one guy x amount when you could pay someone with way more experience the same amount (or round about)?
I remember boosting out on Auckland’s western motorway on my motorbike straight after the phone call – passing cars with tears in my eyes.
Shit was real and there was nothing I could do about it. It wasn’t until much later I learnt something very important – everything happens for a reason, even when it may not feel like it at the time.