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The unemployed assistant director

My husband is an assistant director.

It’s been fifty weeks since he got his promotion call. He’s worked pretty steadily since, a lucky thing in Hollywood.

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Right now he’s between jobs. This isn’t surprising; summer shows number fewer than fall ones. You’ll likely have noticed this if you watch any TV at all. I personally notice the absence of Castle, Brooklyn Nine-nine and Blackish as I count down the days until new Key & Peele lands on Hulu.

I noticed these dry spells even before I watched much TV. I worked as an extra through law school; as the end of each school year neared, calls for extras got sparse. The calls I did hear around summertime were for movies instead of television.

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This shocking TV-is-seasonal revelation hasn’t yet filtered its way to the Unemployment folks of my good state. They’ve informed my husband that “with your job title, you should be able to get a new job immediately.” (Subtext: If you don’t find a job immediately, it’s because you’re not looking!)

This confident wrongness would be hilarious if it weren’t so mind-boggling.

Actually, it’s still hilarious. That’s government, folks:

It knows your business better than you know your business!

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  1. Deb
    July 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I would ask them to go into detail regarding just what they find in “assistant director” that leads them to believe work is assured. When did those two words, put together, come to mean instant paycheck…

    • July 16, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      I’d love to ask! Lucky for him, he has another four-hour conference next week in which to pose the question …

  2. July 16, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    I admit that I do not even begin to understand the business but I sure hope he finds something pronto!

    • July 16, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      I actually love it when he has a breather between gigs! We actually get to talk for more than three groggy minutes in the morning, and get to move a little slower all around. It’s been a while since he had more than a week, so I’m savoring this … all the while understanding why he’s ready for his team to land its next gig. (I especially understand it when Littler J, who’s his charge between gigs, gets into two hour jaunts of porcine squealing!)

  3. July 16, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Years and years ago a friend of mine had just got back from Vietnam. The unemployment office was giving him a hard time. They said he wasn’t making enough of an effort in looking for work. He said, “I’ve got a lot of experience in making war and killing people, but no one is hiring.”

    • July 16, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      Oh, man. Talk about a disconnect! :0

      I have two immediate, simultaneous responses to that: profound sadness, and profound desire to be a fly on the wall in one of those exchanges.

      I hope what he found afterward was kinder to and for him.

  4. July 16, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    You know, there are times when you just want to hang your head to prevent yourself from saying something distinctly evil. This is one of those times. I hope he takes the time (between looking for those assistant director jobs that are hanging off the trees) to spend quality time with sons.

    • July 16, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      He is, and I love it! Littlet J leans to him for comfort now, which warms my heart … after the first few days in which it felt somewhat crushed by the revelation. We get to move at a littler slower pace right now, a welcome respite before Elementary School: The Onslaught.

  5. July 16, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Sigh. Ignorance and arrogance go hand in hand too often.
    Revel in the time while you have it – and I hope it is appropriately short.

  6. July 16, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    I hope something turns up for his soon, but glad you all are getting to enjoy extra hubby/daddy time 🙂

    • July 17, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Thank you! This is about when he usually starts hearing about fall TV stuff (give or take a couple weeks), so we should have a few sweet weeks of having the next gig landed but not yet started. *cheer*

  7. NotAPunkRocker
    July 17, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Um, really? In your state? Crazy.

    Just read the backstory posts, very cool 🙂

    • July 17, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      Right?! Their take reminds me of all the lactation consultants I met who could offer the same two stupid rules but not actually help get me and D into successful breastfeeding. How useful were those rules?!

      It was fun to revisit those promotion posts. I am so glad I captured those moments, so I can travel right on back to them. 🙂

  8. July 17, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I’m also hoping that he finds work soon. I read one of the older links and commend you for encouraging your husband to tough it out in the business when he considered leaving.
    The line given by Unemployment reminded me of something a former co-worker was told when she sought disability. She’d been in a mental health facility for weeks but “because [she] had a college degree [she] should be able to get some kind of job.”

    • July 18, 2015 at 5:50 am

      Aaargh! The level of incomprehension is unreal.

      Fall shows will start soon enough. Much as I’m enjoying a little extra time with A, I think he’s starting to go stir crazy. D asked, “Is it because he has to spend too much time with kids?” I explained that’s not it; he loves the boys, but also loves the challenges of his work.

  9. July 17, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Frankly, I didn’t know this was still seasonal. I thought with all the different cable and internet options it was pretty much a year-round industry now.

    • July 18, 2015 at 5:57 am

      Nope. When the fall stuff ends, there’s a lot of reruns and a small number of summer shows that keep folks semi-occupied until they return. And there’s forever a huge, huge number of people who can’t find jobs in fall or summer; that’s why I’ve emphasized A’s good fortune in having options several times the last year. He’s itching to go back. He’s also lucky to have found (been found by?) a team that works almost non-stop through the seasons. This is their first gap between shows in more than a half-decade.

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