When I was growing up I was never idle. School would end, and I would be off to camp, travel, summer college, or a job. I am not sure how much of this was driven by my parents and how much of it was driven by my own personality and need to be busy. At its core, I have come to feel that being idle is a waste of opportunity. I don’t mean that we should all be working 24/7 but rather sitting on the couch and watching TV or vegging on the computer 24/7 is a waste.
So now I am confronted with a dilemma. Two of my children who are passionate about what they do, and are generally industrious have come up empty in their summer pursuits. The net they cast for internships, jobs, etc. have come up empty. In the past, I have held the threat of having to work for me in my office over their heads. (BTW they do happen to be some of the most productive staff I have ever had). So now after all their hard work to get a summer position has gone for naught, do I make them work in my office? (which they do not want to do.) Do I let them do nothing this summer? Is being idle for a young mind a bad thing? Just this week I had a friend tell me that children need to be bored. When they complain about being bored it makes my skin crawl. So, Gotham what do you think?
Oh, and if you do know someone in film or TV looking for an intern, or know someone in a lab looking for a short-term assistant I have the help they seek.