‘MONDAY’ – The shortest horror story of an employee’s life, with weekly repeat telecasts. A mere mention of its name sends a chill down the spine of many. People like me can barely open our eyes and fail to understand what on earth compels people to greet each other ‘GOOD MORNING’ on a Monday morning. Monday blues is not a myth and trust me, whoever created this must have been a big time sadist. My biggest dilemma is that I can’t even show my deep seated resentment towards Monday (FYI, I am a Monday born). From attending morning meetings to struggling to meet deadlines,this day has left no stone unturned to etch its name in the memory of Global Employment History.
One such historical Monday was 16th December 2019, when I had joined Carrot Films. Being an ardent fan of Looney Tunes since my childhood days and having Vitamin A deficiency, the name ‘CARROT’really intrigued me.I wanted to see how well it fits in my Bugs Bunny self.
But jokes apart, it was the alluring aesthetics of the place that first caught my attention when I had come for the interview. The walls donned in spring yellow on one side and kiln burnt red brick on the other, those see through glass partitions,soothing mood lighting, soft instrumental playing in the background; sounds like a restaurant’s ambience, doesn’t it? What could have been more appealing to a true Venusian like me. And not to forget the classic vintage corridor. Nothing less than a miniature film museum, this passage is lined with specimens from the previous shoots, numerous accolades received over a span of two decades and aninterestingly crafted collaged wall, depicting films from the bygone era.
The aesthetics part of Carrot is not just limited to the interior decor but also to the films they produce, where drafting of the storyline and detailing of every frameis done to perfection, be it a documentary, corporate video or any other human interest story.
This was the reason why I wanted to be a part of Carrot Films, despite knowing the fact that I will have to travel 30 km every morning to reach here. My first day was usual, nothing extraordinary, except for the fact that I lost my way while coming. But like they say, sometimes you need to get lost to find yourself. I actually came here to find myself, broaden my horizons, reach the zenith of my true potential and kill the Monday stigma, against which I have been campaigning for so many years.
What I did not expect was the energy and exuberance of my co-workers here, which was in total contrast to the atmosphere I had described above. Their sprightly working style, laced with creativity,was a visual treat and became an incessant source of inspiration for me. Working in coordination and exemplifying an attitude to lift others while moving forward is something that can be seen here. From the prolific scriptwriters to the experienced directors and from the go-getter production crew to the mitochondrias of Carrot – the editors, keeping all geared up in every endeavor and helping them carry out flawless team work is FOOD – the energy fuel for all creative minds. This is why the eating area here is never vacant, something or the other is always cooking there (I hope you are not reading too much).
What has left an indelible impression on my mind is that Carrot provided me a chance to go for an outdoor shoot for a very prestigious client; you heard it right – My first outdoor shoot and the experience was really enriching. When I embarked on my first project here, I was a bit apprehensive about its outcome but needless to say, the valuable inputs I got from my seniors and incredible support from my co-workers,made even the impossible, possible. Even in-depth research, which I used to dread initially, does not deter me anymore as I know how to keep calm and focus on my KAAM.
Another thing which I am keen to share with the readers is that working doesn’t mean not having fun, both can go simultaneously if you know how to manage things and Carrot culture also stands on the same belief.
I couldn’t have asked for more. In my quest to find myself, I have found a family here – The Carrot Family!