Dennis Landry

Unexpected Opportunities

Summer. It’s a good season. Not my favourite personally, but it’s up there and close to the top. Every summer I’m always a little surprised to see what a huge impact the seasong has on business and productivity. It’s really kind of amazing.

Our summer has gone from being packed to the gills to being pretty open. A TV project we were to work on got pushed back to 2016 leaving a hole in our schedule that would be hard to fill up given the timing of it. C’est la vie in production and these things can happen. It just begs the question: What now?

For us, it’s turning into a really interesting conundrum. There are a few options open to us in dealing with this unexpected open. We could kill ourselves to fill the gap or we can take this as a sign and a gift. We haven’t had a summer since we first launched Copperworks! A bit of a break will do us some good. We may even get to enjoy our summer.

So instead of trying to chase down every piece of work we can, we’ve targeted a few key gigs that will help to keep us afloat until our next TV project kicks in later in the summer. We’re going to focus in hard with some partners on project development work and have set a goal of developing and selling a show to a broadcaster by the end of fall, which our partners feel is totally doable.

We’ve actually been working on content for a couple of years now. Between our busy schedules it’s been challenging at times to be in sync with our partners and finding opportunities when we’re all available to devote time to moving things forward. We’re all on the same page now, and this unexpected window gives us the time we need to lock things down and push really hard to sell.

All of this adds up to a pretty sweet silver lining. Don’t get me wrong, I’d have been very happy had things not changed! But instead of moping around feeling sorry for ourselves we did what we always do, we rallied, and made a potential negative into a positive. Hopefully by this time next year, our partners and us, we’ll be delivering our first television series to a broadcaster! Either way, we’re going to enjoy our summer. Hope you do too.

Spring Is In the Air: Time for A Home Office Reorganization

I own a little duplex. I live on one side and I rent out the other. It’s a cozy home and I love it. I love living in a smaller space because it really forces me to focus on needs rather than wants. And it means every decision has to be thought out in terms of our the space is used to maximize living space.

I mention this today, because as you know, with the launch of our turnkey office space (available to rent!), we have been working there more and at home less frequently. It’s a change I’m enjoying, as I get to spend time out of the house each day, while working from home at least a couple of hours, usually in the afternoon. With that change in working habits, I can now rethink my home office and the amount of space it takes up in my home. Something I haven’t done since moving in almost four years ago!

Basically, it’s time to convert working space into more living space!

The main floor of my home is made up of a the kitchen/dining area and then a large space of which about 2/3 is my living room and the remaining third is my home office. The room lends itself well to this layout. In the office I had:

  • Two large desks, in an “L” configuration.

  • An old cabinet joining the desks, which held my printer.

  • Two sets of three shelves on the wall, both overloaded with stuff.

  • A small rolling workstation desk, with my stereo on it, under one set of shelves.

  • Rolling file/desk drawer unit, packed full of stuff.

Might not sound like much, but I was using pretty much every square inch of space there for my office. This was going to take some effort!

I started by emptying all six shelves. I evaluated what was garbage and what needed to be kept. As a result I was able to consolidate everything on one set of shelves, with room to spare for new documents. That meant the shelves in the left corner could go. I emptied the file/drawer unit and gutted it of old documents and garbage, again freeing up much needed storage space. Then I pulled out the stereo and the printer.

After that, it was time to decide what to do with the desks. That was an easy decision. I never, or rarely, used both desks, so I tossed one out. I kept the one I had used the least so it would last me a while. That opened up a whole bunch of room. The rolling workstation shifted over beside the cabinet. I then reinstalled the stereo (on the cabinet) and the printer (on the rolling workstation).

All of a sudden 1/2 of my home office was liberated! Now I have this wonderful space, by a window that I can make into a reading nook, a meditation space, or another seating area. It’s lovely! It opens up that larger living are in a way I’ve not experienced before because it’s been mostly the same way since I moved in. The last piece of the puzzle will be to acquire a large, tall cabinet with doors one it, in which I can consolidate everything currently on the remaining shelves, the rolling desk and the small cabinet. This will liberate a little bit more room!

I’m pretty excited! It’s fun to transform something you’ve lived with for so long and refresh both yourself and an environment you spend so much time in. Now, I just have to find the perfect reading chair.