We've been forced into an arranged marriage with Covid. Covid is the taker in this relationship. It's messy & abusive. My nose has been violated about 1000 times and I'm hoping there's no brain damage from the first year. If I can't remember my name when I'm 85 I'm blaming the Q-tip that went way to far, without permission, as I felt violated and walked away with a tear. No matter how much I try and file for a divorce, Covid finds a loop hole. It's like that hardcore attorney who finds the one line on page 52 we forgot to read and sticks it to us. It has forced us all to be givers enslaved to the next wave of its wrath.
Covid costs us more time to plan & more money with little to none increase in pay. I used to have a guy nicknamed Bovine who I used to threaten bullies with. Where's our bovine? I'll stick him on Covid! The day before a shoot I usually lose one or more key staff to sickness and have to scramble.
With the bad comes some good. You don't know hot if you don't know cold. We've become more helpful and nice. I have a shoot tomorrow and my Assistant Camera texted that she is sick and will not be able to prep today. While my heart skipped a beat, I read the second line of her text and she had already replaced herself with another great AC. Stuff like this happens time and time again and I am grateful for what feels like a family of production people who are all pushing through to continue to make great projects and do whatever it takes to get there. Keep pushing through. Smile and be happy that we can all share group therapy has we try to divorce our abusive partner, Covid.
Jennifer Hutchins has produced over 200 episodes of hit TV shows, branded content and films.