Genesis 39 (NIV)
2 The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did, 4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. 5 From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the LORD blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the LORD was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. 6 So he left in Joseph’s care everything he had; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.
I try not to overspiritualize things in my life, but I had an experience that seemed to parallel this story that I have been coming back to in my personal bible study.
I had the opportunity this weekend to pick up some work as a production assistant for NBC’s Last Comic Standing open casting call here in Nashville. It was a lot of fun. Television is a completely foreign world to me. I knew basically nothing going into this. I actually found the job on craigslist.com and applied with my resume. I don’t think my resume is extensive and impressive, but I might have a weird view of it, because it is me.
I got the call to be booked as a Production Assistant, a “p.a.” in showbiz talk… haha Television is a great business. The production coordinator and the entire crew that came in from L.A. were really awesome to work with, including the talent. I thought that the talent could have been real divas and pull a lot of attitude, but I was way off.
I worked with Bill Bellamy (MTV, and many other credits) for a good bit of the day, and he was amazingly generous and very approachable, good to know that there are still good people out there. George Wendt and John Ratzenberger (Norm and Cliff from Cheers) were the talent judges and they were really sweet as well. It was a bit surreal to be around them, because of growing up watching Cheers and all of the shows they have done.
From the beginning of the experience, I felt like Brandon the Production Coordinator liked me. He trusted me and respected me. I assumed that I was just going to be a grunt and have to do some really crappy jobs, and some of the stuff wasn’t glamorous. Early on the casting day, Brandon looks over at me and says, “okay, today, you are just going to be with me, and be my guy.” I was like, you are the head guy, and you want me, I have no experience with this stuff, but okay.
There were several p.a.’s on this shoot that obviously had a lot of television experience, so it took me by surprise that I got the call. The only thing that makes sense is that my tour management experience on my resume might have spoke to my skill set, but I don’t know.
It really felt like I was experiencing God’s favor, much like Joseph with Potiphar’s household. I have to tell you it felt good. I am not trying to make this more than it is, but it definitely felt like I was being looked out for, and I am thankful for it. I had a great time, and I can’t wait to see the show knowing all that went behind the scenes to pull it off…