Saturday, February 10, 2007

Managing Expectation

I learned some corporate-speak this week and I marvel how the phrase 'managing expectation' aptly proved itself in several applications during my crazy week. 'Managing expectation' can also be loosely translated into 'covering your ass'.

It was Fashion Week in NYC, but I am not involved in the shows at all. My crazy week did not involve running around the city in the bitter cold, fighting for a taxi, getting attitude from some self-important person with a headset & a clipboard and waiting around in the tents for an hour as shows ran late...Thankfully, I get to avoid Fashion Week in winter where tons of idiots wrap themselves in carcasses to go to the shows. I don't disagree with Peta when they pie someone like Anna Wintour, I think actually during the winter- they should throw ice cream cakes so that it stays nice and cold and creamy- vegan ice cream cake of course.

Anyway back to 'managing expection', had shoots going on every single day and it's just never easy casting when there are so many cooks in the kitchen...everyone from marketing to photographer to the design agency. Everyone has an opinion and everyone has their own idea about how the model should look. Long story short, I needed to find models within the budget that I have been given that would appeal to the ten or so cooks involved and I just found myself pre-empting every conversation about models by stating how difficult it was to find great girls for this budget, with great hair and their own hair ( many of them have extensions), blah blah blah. I was a broken record and I needed to just stop with the insecurity and do the best that I can .

The week went perfectly fine and what I learned was that I should manage my own expectations and not be so hard on myself. All the shoots turned out beautifully and I had to remind myself that I am good at what I do and that I can deliver.

Here's a pic of one of the gorgeous girls that I booked with her own gorgeous hair. Ah yes, we should all have three people working on our hair at the same time and we should always have that dramatic light...and be blessed with some serious cheekbones.

On a more fun note, Brutus came to visit one of the shoots. He's the stylist's bulldog. This is what he thought of the casting & shoot & managing expectation- zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzsnorezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........At some point during the week, I also realized that I had not blogged at all and I had started off my blog life thinking that I would blog at least every couple of days. Well, let's manage that expectation immediately and shoot for posting twice a week, so now I feel like I've accomplished something instead of feeling badly about not blogging this week at all...

To start a glorious Saturday, after a hard week of work- one deserves a delicious breakfast of scrambled tofu, crispy tempeh bacon, a piece of whipped earth balance slathered baguette & some orange juice.After I polished that off, I am ready to conquer cleaning, organizing my tax stuff & trying to clip those talons that are otherwise known as Booboo's nails...yes, her nails are so long that they are ready to be airbrushed and have those little rhinestones glued to them. Yes, a fun weekend ahead...


stellarjoolz said...

walerie, glad to hear that your week turned out fine with the model drama. I knew it would, how could it not turn out fine, you're great at what you do and there's no two ways about that!

On a Booboo note, uh, tell her to make a GD appointment at the nail salon already!

On another Booboo note, you think you're the only one that has a picture of a Booboo Kitty looking out your window. Well, I have my Booboo Donkey! :-)

bazu said...

Hi, I'm so glad to have discovered your blog- it's gorgeous. And Booboo is beyond adorable! I love that picture of her in the tray, and the one where she's looking out the window.

Well, I managed to live in/around NYC for years and never made it to Persepolis. But as soon as I read your comment, I called my mom and asked her if she knows of a dish with eggplant and lentil, and sure enough she did! So I promise you I'll try to write a recipe for it and post it on the blog soon.

I'm going to be down in the city next week, and definitely will follow some of your suggestions, food-wise. (Vegan cheesesteak? Reuben?? Chocolate chip cookies??? Mmmmm)

Urban Vegan said...

I work in advertising and we use the phrase "managing expectations" at least 50x a day. Actually, when you think about it, managing expectations in the real sense of the phrase [as oppposed to CYA!] is very Zen.

Brutus' photo reminds me of what I love about animals--they don't care what we look like--they love us for what we are. And you always know where you stand with them. [Zzzzzzzzz.]

Your model looks fabulous! Those cheekbones are higher than the Empire State Bldg.

Yes--your Penang is the same chain as our Penang! I've eaten at the one near Little Italy, across from Fererra's. In fact, some of our hostesses go up to NYC to work, once in a while.

As for vegan cat food, actually, this is Bossa's first foray in to Evolution wet food--and happily, she liked it when I mixed it into her Petguard. I'm not sure that I would feed her 100% vegan. Feeding her at least a partially vegan diet will at least assuage my conscience a bit.

I wrote a post on how I feel about vegan pets a few months back and many different opinions on the matter came out!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Urban Vegan said...

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bazu said...

Hi I'm back!

You asked which restaurants I am going to check out. Depending on my friends' schedules, etc. I really want to try Sacred Chow. I've been wanting to do that for a while! But you know how when you're crashing with someone, you're at their mercy... =) Any other recommendations you have would be appreciated.

Oh, and I'm really looking forward to going to the Sarah Kramer cooking demo/book signing on Saturday down in the LES.

Anonymous said...

And you don’t think I check out your blog!
The breakfast dish you prepared looks just delicious!

I understand that people sprinkle raw hemp over meals as a topping...might be helpful source of additional protien.

Look forward 2 your next blog....

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