I’ve kind of hit a wall, figuratively of course, although sometimes the idea of banging my head against a wall seems pretty tempting. Take today for example. I haven’t heard back from Clear 99 after one email and two phone calls. I feel bad because I know how obnoxious I sound calling several times. Suddenly, I’m guilty for being rude to all those irritating telemarketers. They’re not annoying, their job is.
I know it’s only been two days, but this pitch is due Sunday night and deadlines are important, so naturally I don’t want to be waiting until the last minute. What if he doesn’t call back in time? What if he doesn’t even want to be interviewed? My last resort would be to march over there and knock on the door myself (and hoping I don’t get escorted out by security in the process).
I guess this is the part where I tell you the lesson I learned. Always have back-up plans. Plural. Never leave yourself with just one. Have several in case a lead doesn’t take you anywhere, the person doesn’t answer or doesn’t have an interest, or just something random comes up and the story falls through. There will always be other stories out there, don’t let yourself get stuck on one topic.