I’ve had to learn how to let go of my ego, stand up for myself, not be a pushover, be confident, learn to let things go even if I thought my way was better, ebb and flow from position to position (know how to lead when I’m supposed to and take a step back when I’m not), manage my teams, and learn all my skills in the process of all of that. Luckily for me, several of those things come more naturally to me than others.
One thing that I feel as a department head that’s most crucial is to know your team’s strengths and weaknesses and with that, not be afraid to utilize them or pass them over to someone else. I truly believe one of the most detrimental things you could do to your team is trying to suppress them by doing everything yourself. Or only allowing them to be a conditional teammate. Let go of your ego and give a teammate the freedom to be creatively expressive and always treat everyone equally. You can be a boss and a leader but when it comes to collaborating, you all come together as one.
However, with that said, one issue where I DO have a very hard time implementing this method is when it comes to wigs. I have found it hard to find artists that have the skillset working on wigs, much less apply them and make them look super realistic. At times I’ve gotten very frustrated (on the inside) but I’ve learned that with some patience and time you can teach people, show them what you expect, and always have the last look before the actor leaves the trailer until that trust is built. With that said, I’m still learning. I have a keen eye for wigs and I don’t want them to leave without looking absolutely realistic. Some might see that as being too controlling or being too much of a perfectionist. I know there have been many times I’ve frustrated people. But I don’t see it that way. I see it as my reputation, my team’s reputation, and our future careers on the line. I’ve always been very professional about how I approach people with my changes and am always trying to be uplifting. I’m constantly pushing myself to be excellent and trying to elevate myself and my team. I want to do big shows and movies that are creatively challenging and push me every day. I want to win awards. I want to be one of the best in the business.