Dream Job ~ BEDM

Talking about your dream job when you don’t have any job is kind of depressing. But then, I don’t know many people who are in their dream job, as such. Some people are doing what they need to do to get the bills paid; others are happy enough in their job but have an elusive dream career; whilst others are in a living hell and really wish they could leave to do something (anything) else. If you are lucky to be doing your dream job, then congratulations!

As ever, I don’t like to narrow things down to just one option when I can narrow them down to three, so I’m going to give you a rundown of three jobs I wish I could do to make a decent living.

Writer

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I don’t think I’m alone amongst bloggers in this respect. I think a lot of us got into this blogging lark because we feel we’ve got something to say, and we think we’re fairly good at saying it. Ever the Brit, I don’t like to blow my own trumpet, ever, but I think I am a fairly good writer. I’m not saying that I don’t have issues (I know I do, and succinctness is surely one of them). But I know that my talents outweigh any issues, and I’d love to make a career out of it. The most likely route this would take would be fiction, but ever since I started my blog I have realised that I wouldn’t mind writing lifestyle articles, so I can see myself blogging professionally – probably on behalf of a company, rather than making a living out of this blog.

Senior White House Assistant

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I want to work in the White House, but I know that I am supremely under qualified to actually work in any substantive role that contributes to policy in any meaningful way. So really, my ideal job would be that of Donna Moss in The West Wing. She’s essentially a deputy to Josh Lyman (the Deputy Chief of Staff, which I guess makes her the Deputy Deputy Chief of Staff*), but she’s very important to him and allows him to do his job well. When she outgrows her role, she joins a campaign to elect the next president, and eventually becomes chief of staff to the incoming First Lady. This is literally my ideal career trajectory. If I could work also in the (fictional) Bartlet White House, that would make all my dreams come true.

Foley Artist

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Ever since I watched a behind-the-scenes documentary about Friends, years ago, I have been interested in foley art. If you don’t know, a foley artist is responsible for the everyday sounds that you hear in films, television, radio and video games. For example, the sound of a door shutting or a lift bell pinging are sounds that are added in post-production, and not recorded whilst the scene is being filmed. Generally, you don’t notice them, and you certainly don’t necessarily pick up that they are added afterwards. But there is someone who is responsible for recreating them, and they sometimes have to be really inventive about it! Sound is a film or television show is so important, and when it’s done well it can really add to your enjoyment of it. I’d love to be a foley artist and be responsible for creating those sounds. I’ve looked into what I would need to do in order to make it a reality, but I don’t know if I’ve left it too late. Writing this has made me realise how much I want to do it, so maybe I’ll pull my finger out and actually do something about it!

* Congratulations if you are a big enough West Wing geek to pick up on the quote.

Mondaying

Right now, I am mostly…

Watching : Still Lost, but as I’m being rationed on that by Jen, I’m also watching The West Wing. It’s probably about the 7th big rewatch, and I never get bored of it. Ever.

Listening : Now that Spotify has removed the five-play limit (hurrah!), I am using it a lot more. For some reason I’m on a bit of a Brit-Pop kick at the moment, so lots of nineties bands like Ocean Colour Scene, Manic Street Preachers, Blur, Oasis, The Las, and The Bluetones.

Reading : I’m flitting between books again, which does nothing for my total until I end up finishing them all at the same time. But I’m currently very much enjoying The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler.

Writing : In my diary. I started it in January and on Saturday I wrote in it for the second time this year. Must try harder.

Celebrating : Birthdays! Not mine, sadly, but I love birthdays however they present themselves, as mine or other people’s.

Fictional Bucket List

How fun is this? Make a list of things you would do with your favourite fictional character or in your favourite fictional world.

Spend the day in Stars Hollow

Travel with a madman in a box

Go for dinner at Downton Abbey

Go to a ball at Netherfield

Work at the Navy Yard

Go to the library with Matilda

Be one of Bailey’s interns

Spend the afternoon at Central Perk

Take archery lessons from Katniss Everdean

Sit in Sheldon’s spot

Play poker in the Chief of Staff’s office

Read in the Beast’s library with Belle

Make Hotch smile

Find a golden ticket

Sit on the Winfield’s porch

Solemnly swear that I am up to no good

Stick them with the pointy end

Spend a summer on a boat with Pacey J. Witter

Make dresses out of curtains

Think, wink, do a double blink, close my eyes and jump into a chalk drawing

Eat at the Bayside Diner and use the hamburger phone to make a call

Be rescued by the Nazgûl by Strider

Sit on Arthur’s Bench

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~ I’ve already sat on Arthur’s Bench! He loved it here ~

I decided to keep them simple and not necessarily allude outright to the shows/films/books that inspired them. There are far too many there (the original lists I saw kept it to ten), but it was hard enough narrowing it down this far.

What would be on your fictional bucket list?

What Would Sorkin Do?

Hello all

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of all things White House/American President related. It mainly manifests itself in being obsessive about television shows and films that focus on the staff and residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, though I do have a healthy interest in the real life happenings of Obama and the fucktards that are challenging him for the presidency at the end of the year.

It’s also no secret that I am a bit of an Aaron Sorkin fan. Whilst it’s true that most of this love stems from a love of a rather well known television series (The West Wing falls in the middle of the Venn diagram entitled “Things Jane Loves and Is Discussing in this blog post), I am also a fan of Sports Night and The American President. I very much enjoyed A Few Good Men and Charlie Wilson’s War. For some unknown reason, I have not yet watched Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, or The Social Network. Despite this, I think it’s fair to call myself a Sorkinite. (I think I just sort of made that up. Let’s pretend it didn’t happen.)

So, when it comes to television, if your show is a) about the White House/presidency/staff etc., and set in Washington D.C., or b) made by Aaron Sorkin, there’s a good chance I’ll be interested. This year sees the advent of four shows, all of them falling into one or the other of these two categories (some more tenuously than others).

First up, we have Veep, which is premiering on HBO on April 22nd (and on Sky Atlantic in June).

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Veep Trailer

 

Veep doesn’t quite satisfy the White House/Presidency category, because it is about the Vice President of the US. But I think you’ll agree that it’s pretty darn close, and my love for this kind of thing really encompasses the whole of the federal government of the US, so I know I’ll love this. It’s been created by Armando Iannuci, who is best known for The Thick of It. (which I hear nothing but good things about, but haven’t watched. Yet.) An American version of The Thick of It was actually played around with back in 2007; it was due to be based on a member of Congress and employ the same style as the original show. It was an ABC pilot, and didn’t work, so was never picked up. Now HBO are involved, which is obviously a much better fit, and the action has moved to the VP’s office, and, judging by the trailer, it’s going to be really funny. Julia Louis Dreyfus stars as VP Selina Meyer, with Tony Hale (Buster Bluth), Matt Walsh and Anna Chlumsky as members of her staff. Check out the end of the trailer, when Meyer tries and fails to keep a massive smile off her face when she is informed that the president is experiencing chest pains. It’s amazing. I’m super excited for Veep.

1600 Penn is the other presidency-based show that could be airing this year. I say could be, because at this stage it is just a pilot, and we won’t know until May if it has been picked up for a full series. The basic premise is that the comedy follows a dysfunctional family that just happens to live in the White House. Bill Pullman is playing the president, husband of Jenna Elfman and father of four (as far as I can tell). It’s being executive produced by Josh Gad and Josh Winer (who has directed quite a few episodes of Modern Family), with Gad also writing, along with Jon Lovett, a former Obama speechwriter.

I want to love this. If it gets picked up for a full series, I will watch it. At least, I will give it a chance, because I want to love it so much. But I have to say that I don’t really hold out a great deal of hope for it. I am not sure why, but I’ve got a really bad feeling.

The last of the Washington-based shows is Scandal; a new drama series from Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.

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Scandal Trailer

This one is airing much sooner than the others, it starts on ABC tomorrow night. It stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a former Toby Ziegler (or White House Communications Director, to use the technical term) to Tony Goldwyn’s president. Olivia is a ‘crisis management consultant’, she has a team of investigators whose job is to avert crises affecting the Washington D.C. elite. Other cast members include Joshua Malina, Henry Ian Cusick and Liza Weil, along with former Grey’s Anatomy stars Jeff Perry, and Kate Burton (playing the Vice President – yet another female VP on television).

I do kind of like the look of this, because I am a fan of Grey’s and Private Practice, and therefore Shonda Rhimes, and the promise of some presidential action is definitely enticing. I’m not a big fan of how Olivia is being portrayed in the trailer; anyone who is being shown as that amazing at their job is likely to get on my nerves somewhat. But I think that this is possibly just a trailer problem rather than a show problem. There’s no news on a UK airing for Scandal yet.

Lastly, we have The Newsroom.

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The Newsroom Trailer

Sadly there is no president or White House to be found here, but instead, we do have copious amounts of Sorkin. I talked a little about The Newsroom back in January, when I was previewing 2012’s television, but I didn’t have a trailer to get excited about then. The trailer was released a couple of days ago, and I’ve watched it about eight times since then (mostly in the name of research for this blog post, but partly for fun at hearing Jeff Daniels say “Progress is slow but I’m in it for the long haul!”).

Originally called More As This Story Develops, it takes place in, you guessed it, a newsroom. A busy cable news channel, to be exact, with Jeff Daniels playing Will McAvoy, anchor of the show-within-a-show, News Night. Emily Mortimer plays his new executive producer, and Dev Patel, Olivia Munn and Sam Waterston round out the cast as various staff members. Jane Fonda plays the recurring role of the CEO of the network.

I think, if you are a Sorkin fan, and you watch the trailer, you’ll see why I am excited. If you aren’t a Sorkin fan, you should still be excited having watched the trailer. There isn’t much more to say than that, really. I think, even if you didn’t know, that you’d guess that this is a Sorkin show from the trailer. There are plenty of identifiers in there. I know that I am kind of biased towards anything he creates because of my love for The West Wing, but despite that, I genuinely think this looks as though it is going to be very good. It premieres on June 24th in America. No news as yet as to when or where it will air in the UK, but I’d be very surprised it if doesn’t follow fairly quickly on Sky Atlantic.

These are just four shows that I felt worthy of mention (for reasons good and bad), that are coming this year. As I mentioned previously, in May, Upfronts take place, and a plethora of pilots will either live or die. It’s all terribly exciting if you are a geek about television, like me, and at some point (probably in September again), I’ll be sharing some of my favourite new shows with you. If you want to look at some of the shows that are currently waiting for their chance, take a look at TVLine’s comprehensive list.

What are you looking forward to?

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