One thing I've noticed over the years that as a decades long freelancer we have brief/or fewer long term relationships at work.
Traditionally we were mostly day-players who would show up, learn the personalities as quick as we could and hope to thrive. Now, many shows long term work involves Steadicam ops. a different dynamic exists.
The idea that you are a vagabond worker who travels around and only occasionally runs into the same crew members is hard on the worker and makes this an oddly harder business because of it.
I have lots of great friends in the business but may only see some months and years apart.
Work is often a source of comfort and involvement in our brains that makes our sense of well-being different. We know when people are sick or hurt; how their kids are; where they're going over the weekend and a million other things.
So as a discussion point here as we get both more day players with all these little rigs out there and as social media becomes a larger and larger part of every life I think it would be fun to think out loud about this very point.
The newest statistic I've heard is that by 2020 40% of the workplace will be freelance/contract workers so its growing at an amazing rate.
have a good weekend.