“Word to Your Mother”

Mother’s Day is the one day a year that we should all reflect on all that Mother’s have done for us. I know it feels WAY too commercial now, but the intent is quite lovely. Whether our Mother’s are living with us, among us, or deceased, we ALL should take inventory of all that was done for us by these remarkable women. We should remember and appreciate ALL of it: the unconditional love, the nurturing, the wisdom, and even the nagging. Oh, the nagging. I never really appreciated the nagging; in fact I abhorred it, until I became a PARENT. Guess what? She was almost always right! Here at Studio Center we thought we’d share what we “Learned from Our Mothers” as a tribute to them. Feel free to send us some of yours and we’ll post them on our Facebook.

Dave Davis, Operations Manager: “Honor Your Commitments.”
I learned many things from my mother, but the one thing that I really admired about her was the loving dedication in honoring her commitments. She honored her relationships to her children and grandchildren by always putting their needs before her own. Her caring extended beyond our family by teaching Sunday School. Every Saturday, she would sit at the kitchen table with her bible preparing her lessons. Every Saturday for many years. It’s probably why I teach Sunday School myself every Sunday.

Genevieve Hayes-McBride, Sales & Marketing: “Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say”
Mom was a soldier, my manager, chauffeur, coach, scout leader, personal shopper, event planner, seamstress and the list goes on. I still call her first no matter what I’m struggling with. Of the many words of wisdom that she has said, the phrase that made the most impact was: “If you say what you mean, and mean what you say, it will always be worth saying. Don’t be afraid to admit that you are wrong after you say it!” She taught me to never fear putting my foot in my mouth or asking a stupid question, but rather to fear what I might miss out on by staying silent. For that, and for so much more, I love my loud-mouthed Mommy.

Robin Russ, VP-Sales: “Love Words”
One of my favorite things that my mom, “Bunny” would do was when she heard a word that she didn’t understand she’d say: “I don’t know that word” and have the person tell her what it meant or grab a dictionary and look it up right then. It’s why today I know words like quietus, riparian, and dido. I love my Mama for teaching me to love words and the power of using just the right one when needed.

Maria Workman, Casting Director: “If Something Works, Stick With it”
My mom is old-fashioned Greek. She is VERY passionate about her beliefs. She believes that Oil of Olay cures everything. Yep. Everything. If you’ve seen the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, you remember the guy who used Windex to cure all ailments. Same concept. What I learned from my Mom is if you find something that works, stick with it and use it to the best of your ability. Use what works best and make the best out of it. I guess you could say the same about Studio Center. We cure everything, like Oil of Olay and Windex.

Brian Bartusiak, Video Producer: “Use the Restroom before ANY Trip”
To pee, or not to pee?...that is the question. Mom always used to remind us kids to visit the restroom prior to any trip, even if we expected it to be a short one. You never know when delays will arise or when the next opportunity to go will present itself. Words of wisdom, especially now that I find myself traveling all over the United States producing projects for Studio Center. Thanks to Mom: No Accidents!

William Prettyman, CEO: “Never Give Up”
My mother, Sharon taught me to “Never Give Up on Anything!” She is a fighter and a very tough, strong woman. She’s buried both of her parents, her brother, and her son yet she perseveres and even thrives! She ingrained in me that same attitude. Like everyone reading this, I’ve had some real challenges in business and in life but I can always hear Sharon’s Voice saying “Get back in there and keep fighting. Do NOT give up!” Should I really be hearing voices? Probably not. I need to get that checked. Anyway, thank you Sharon and all of our Studio Center Mother’s for all of the nagging. We actually learned some stuff. Happy Mother’s Day!

Until next time.

William Prettyman