Sunday, June 16, 2019

2019 Production Outlook Survey -- Tracy Mays

1) What’s the most relevant business and/or creative lesson you learned in 2018 and how will you apply it in 2019? 
 
2) Gazing into your crystal ball, what do you envision for the industry--creatively speaking or from a business standpoint--in 2019? 
 
3) What are your goals, creatively speaking and/or from a business standpoint, for your company or division in 2019? 
 
4) Tell us about one current project you are working on in early 2019. 
 
5) Last year’s constant headlines of gender pay disparity, sexual misconduct and worse brought issues to everyone’s attention that were long overdue to be dealt with. There have been industry wide-strides made towards righting these wrongs but there’s a long way to go. Can you tell us what policies you have in place or plan to implement in 2019 to ensure racial and gender diversity, pay equality and a safe/inclusive work environment for everyone in your company or division? 
 
6) Does your company have plans for any major expansion/investment in technology in 2019 and if so, in what? How will this investment add value to the services you offer to your clients? 
Tracy Mays
Executive Producer/Owner
The Bigger Picture

1) 2018 was year of contradictions because nobody really knows what’s happening or where things are going; however as we forge ahead we need to lean into the unpredictability of the world in order to do better in it. It is essential to keep the destination in mind and be open to the journey. Entrepreneurship is about planning, sure, but it is also about the big idea - your mission statement, innovation, model - and the knowledge that outside forces will offer new ways of getting where you need to be.

2) To move the needle you need to be persuasive and empathetic— to find out what people need, even when they can’t express it specifically or directly. There will be more fluidity in the way people work together - we’ve seen that seeded over the past year, for example, where we’ve established ongoing relationships with clients rather than focus on the per project approach. This will continue as people try to reckon with the unknown future - daunting to many, exciting to those who see opportunity in this evolution.

3) One goal is to focus on working with like-minded people who have similar values, complementary skill sets and mutual respect. That doesn’t mean working in silos or avoiding friction...it’s actually about productively pushing boundaries because you know you are in the right company to do it astutely.

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