With a mixture of nerves and excitement, I packed up and headed to my first day on the job as Production Coordinator for Something’s Awry.  My new inbox was already filled with tasks to complete. Would I be up for the challenge? Could I make this role work? Then something occurred to me that put all fears to rest – I’m a mom.  I had checked off five to-dos before having a cup of coffee. On top of that I remembered that my boss, who built this company with her three sons, is also a mother. Let’s get to work.

Fast-forward down the road a few months, and my shotgun position in this production company has me ready to share.  I’m learning new things every day, and my original epiphany that moms are capable of handling anything has only been strengthened. In honor of Mother’s Day approaching, it seems only fitting that my first blog of what I hope to be a series of Something’s Awry posts, is one that is dedicated to moms everywhere.  

With that in mind, here are 5 reasons mothers belong in the driver’s seat:

  1. Packing the Car – Want to be prepared for a journey?  Enlist the help of a mom. In order to avoid slowing down or being stranded, we think five steps ahead and anticipate what will make a trip successful.  You’re cold? I’ve got a sweater and a blanket for backup. You’re hungry? No need to stop – grab that container under your seat. In my work world this means double-checking every battery, light, piece of equipment, wardrobe, and script changes prior to a shoot.  Actually, I prefer three checks and leaving an hour ahead of schedule. Proper packing also means you provide your people with the tools and support they need. Moms vet programs, camps, and schools like we have FBI credentials, and we bring that fierce scrutiny to making sure our production team has the software, training, and equipment to get the job done.                                                                                                               
  2. Detours Welcome – Mothers know there is no map that can gracefully guide you through raising children.  You deal with unpredictable weather and bumps in the road like any good mom does – with coffee, wine, and creative problem solving.  It turns out the mentality and skills motherhood develops, translate well into the business world where clients crave flexibility, attention to detail, and solutions.  We know how to embrace chaos (surrender to might be a more accurate description if I’m being honest) and make it work for us. If something is awry, it means we have an opportunity to fix it in a way that is interesting and memorable.  Our team was asked to secure a huge gumball machine for a film shoot. Absurd you say? Our response was how tall and what color. Need a laser light show? Done. Civil War battlefield? I’ll find two. Carnival set-up? With or without a roller coaster?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  3. Changing Lanes – Motherhood is multitasking at Mach speed.  You signed me up to bring 50 cupcakes for a school function?  No problem. I’ll drop those off on my way to the vet. Being adept at handling multiple projects, different personalities, and changing deadlines is what moms do best.  I recently found myself sprinting down a hallway with three wardrobe changes for talent in my left hand, while my right hand held a book bag I had just stomped on to make it look used. Another normal workday.  The bonus is that moms use our signals when changing lanes so everyone is aware of progress and future direction. Count on us for emails, phone calls, and frequent conversations to keep multiple projects on course.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  4. Rest Stops – Moms can sense when a meltdown is approaching.  An important part of leading a family or company is understanding the importance of taking a break to refuel and assuring all on board you have things under control.  This respite can come in many forms, but we find positive reinforcement, organization down to the smallest detail, professionalism, and food works well to help the people involved feel secure, valued, and energized.  On our last shoot, I’m not sure who appreciated our taco party and cupcakes for wrap day more, the actors or the crew behind the scenes. One thing I am certain of, a little downtime and snack breaks will help everyone reach their destination with a smile.                                                                                                               
  5. Are We There Yet? –  Actually, we are just getting started.  We have no problem asking for directions if assistance is needed, but you won’t find us sitting and waiting for someone to tell us where to go.  Being a mom means you are in constant motion, and that the journey never truly stops. There are no projects too tough to tackle, no clients too big to pursue, and no obstacle too confusing to navigate.  If we can raise kids, we can also raise the bar for our professional goals. So buckle up, roll down the window, grab the wheel, and enjoy the ride.

Happy Driving,
Jamie Kleman
Production Coordinator
Something’s Awry Productions