“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill.
I have been fortunate enough to learn professional and personal life lessons by working with people and companies that I admire. Fuel TV was one such company. An important professional and personal life lesson I took away from Fuel TV occurred immediately after I was hired.
To become a writer and producer at Fuel TV took lots of time, effort, and patience. Twice I flew from Atlanta, Georgia to Los Angeles, California to interview with Fuel TV’s Head of Production and Head of Development. I pitched them on my creative skill sets and I received no job offers.
I was determined to work for Fuel TV and I thought about how to stay relevant in the minds of the department heads. During the interview process, I discovered that they both had keen senses of humor and I decided that every couple of weeks I would mail them a comedy postcard.
I created and called the postcards the “Terry Osnaaka, Comedy Postcard Series” and I had the tag line of “Collect All Four”. Who is and what is Terry Osnnaka? Terry Osnaaka is a hilarious sketch comedy character my friend created. Think Kenny Powers from the television series East Bound and Down meets Mr. Kotter from Welcome Back Kotter and you have Terry. Luckily, I was in the right place at the right time to document the awesomeness of Terry O..
With all the postcards mailed out and no employment opportunities at Fuel TV, I took a job with a small L.A. production company and moved across the United States. Two months into my new job, I was laid off because the company had no new shows in production. Stressed out, I contacted Fuel TV with an email titled “Sean Lewis versus Unemployment”. Next, Fuel TV called me in for my third interview. I knew I had to land the job or the lack of finances would force me to move back home to Georgia. Finally, Fuel TV offered me a position on their weekly action sports show.
Relieved, I exited the interview and walked past a Fuel TV peg board full of funny news paper clippings and pictures. Low and behold I saw all four of the “Terry Osnaaka, Comedy Postcards” staring right back at me. Right then and there, I understood the life lesson of “Giving to Get”.
I love being an entertainer and that day I discovered that if I solely focus on entertaining my friends, family, and co-workers that those people will be more open to working with me. Thank you Mr. Terry Osnaaka for teaching me this valuable lesson.