I am an unflinching believer in astrology. Many consider the study of the zodiac to be entirely laughable. I, however, have always genuinely identified with the character traits typically associated with my zodiac sign, Virgo.
In general, Virgos are thought to be extremely hardworking and driven – both qualities of which I sincerely believe myself to possess. Virgos are also regarded as acute perfectionists….sometimes to a fault. I have to admit – producing has brought this fault to light.
The one key element which defines 'perfectionism' is time. Essentially, perfectionism requires time, and most of the time, a lot of time. Unfortunately, my 8 A.M to 5:55 P.M. (at the absolute latest) deadline doesn't give me a lot of time to put together my version of a perfect show.
For the first few weeks of the semester, my idea of a perfect show was constructing the perfect cutline or over-the-shoulder graphic, utilizing the perfect transitions to complement the perfect clips for a voice over or sound bite, and putting together a seamlessly flowing set of words to comprise a series of perfect sentences for a perfect script.
However, these elements contributing to my 'perfect' show ended up taking so incredibly long that, at the end of the day, my contribution to the show was less than perfect. I'd have cutlines that were missing because I spent so much time trying to perfect a few catchy ones; I had the majority of videos missing at 5 P.M. because I spent way too much time editing only a few; I had pre-show and tease scripts missing because I spent too long over-analyzing and perfecting my day-of-air script.
There is nothing wrong with being a perfectionist – in fact, it can lead to revolutionary, groundbreaking work. But in the news world, where it's all about being the first to get the news out and staying on your toes, perfectionism can almost be entirely impossible. In fact, in almost every profession in this fast-paced world, it can be impossible.
My drive for perfectionism is definitely something that I would like to improve on over the remaining days left in this semester. Not because I think being a perfectionist is wrong, but because I just have to be more realistic and more considerate of my strict deadline as a producer. At the end of the day, my goal as a producer is to make sure all the necessary content is in in order for a complete show to be executed, not to focus on all the tiny details that my perfectionistic nature has caused me to do.