I came across this tweet last week from Matt Jeppsen, a cinematographer and filmmaker with an extensive and impressive resume.
The tweet prompted a lengthy back-and-forth among production professionals. Sadly it seems that this isn't an isolated case. Other industry veterans briefly shared their stories of how they've had run-ins with young graduates with similar attitudes.
All of us would do well to be more self-aware and understand how our words can be perceived - especially if you are a recent graduate looking for a full time job. A cover letter, like the one Matt received, is not only unprofessional, but carries with it an air of entitlement.
Let's never come to a place where we think we've arrived and that we have all of the answers. I don't think you can ever stop learning. I've been working in video production for almost 15 years and I continue to read, study, observe, practice - all in an effort to get better. That's what I love most about social media; the immediacy with which you can share ideas, converse with each other, help, advise, and grow. It's why I maintain this blog. I enjoy sharing my experiences, hoping that readers will find some kernel of knowledge that will help them in future creative endeavors.
As a postscript to this story, Matt tweeted the following on May 18: