Show a little professionalism, please


 I recently finished performing in an amateur children’s show at Valley of the Moon. To be honest, the last two nights were the most fun, mainly because I got to play the role I’d originally wanted.

 Not fun, however, was the reason I got the opportunity: two of the actors scheduled to play the role did not show up. No word, no phone calls to the director to explain. They just didn’t show up.

Yes, this was an amateur show but is that any reason not to be professional about it?

The director specifically told us to attend every night, so it was bad enough when actors weren’t there on nights they weren’t performing in their main roles. But to not to show up on a night they were scheduled is downright unprofessional.

Here’s the thing, though: It’s not just theater. Everywhere I go lately, I run into people who are unprofessional in their workplaces.

Listen, I don’t care if you work at McDonald’s, you need to be professional. Don’t stand around talking when you have customers. Don’t look at a line and decide to close your register. I don’t care how much you hate your job, you don’t show it to the customers.

There are plenty of people who would love your job, myself included.

A manager will not keep you if you act like you don’t want to be there. Be courteous, be professional and, most of all, smile. Pretend that you live to serve people chicken nuggets.

If you don’t, you won’t have a job and I’ll be standing in line to take it. I could use the income.

George, a self-proclaimed “professional” writer, is currently locked in her author cave trying to finish her first novel so she can stop being an unpaid one.

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