Simone does the PR at 1001 Production House
Just last week I had a conversation with Nafiss about the concept of working together. I realized that working together can mean a lot of different things. And that together is not always together, but sometimes means ‘for me’. So in some cases you’ll be working for someone else instead of the intended together. And just that small difference in attitude can make all the difference. Dance Iranian Style was, for me, a perfect example of the working together principle. Of course Nafiss and Farshad were ultimately in charge, but there was so much working together going on during shooting. Even after shooting this feeling of working within a family continues. And that made me think about this concept so much. What if every company works together family-style, wouldn’t that make all the difference? That doesn’t mean there can’t be a head of the family who is in charge, like Nafiss, but it seems to give mutual respect. Sometimes all you need is to have somebody ask about your weekend or have those 30 minute lunch breaks together at a table, sitting down like we did when we were kids. This also means you can, but don’t have to, talk about personal stuff. Things that are bothering you and holding you back, but are not work related. Just like talking to your sister of brother, you don’t have to tell them anything if you don’t want to, but the possibility is always there.
This work ethos doesn’t mean you don’t have to work and can talk and gossip all the time. It’s the absolute contrary with me. Within a calm and friendly work environment I work even harder. I want to do better, I want to show my work-family that we’re doing this project together and I’m doing my part. So after talking to Nafiss about working together and understanding what it meant for her and what it means for me, I would like to encourage everybody to work together instead of working for each other. Create a ‘work family’, with a Don as the ultimate head of the family. I know I will with all of my future projects.
Next week I will be getting back to business and sending out those press kit bastards to all the distribution channels. Those pretty bastards who are finally finished thanks to my official family Joost Waardenburg.