Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Real quotes from people I've worked for over the years.
"Not everyone gets promoted to busboy. You gotta prove yourself on the dish line first. Only the best make busboy."
"It's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission."
"You get an hour for lunch, but try to be back in 45 minutes so whoever's covering your register can take their hour."
"Write whatever you want. Nobody listens to that crap anyway." (Referring to "coming up next" narration over the end credits of a TV show or movie)
"The good news is, I can hire you. The bad news is, I can't pay you." (And I said yes. It was my first TV job and I wanted to break in. A month later they started paying me.)
"I don't want to hear the phones ringing three or four times! You guys should answer them before they even ring."
"I like the spot. I don't really get the script, and the music is awful, but otherwise it's great."
"You didn't show enough enthusiasm at the staff meeting. Everyone else seemed really into it."
"Where do you see yourself in five years?" (It took every ounce of willpower I had not to say, "Anywhere but here.")