It’s January, and we’re all back in our routines. For some people, the new year is a time when we look back on the past and strive for a better year ahead. In some cases, having a better year may mean improving on our work and personal lives. In the short film called ‘How To Keep Your Day Job’ (2012), we are presented with a humorous tutorial on how exactly to accomplish this task.
Written by Lesley Krueger and directed by Sean Frewer, ‘How To Keep Your Day Job’ is based upon the short story of the same name. It follows the life of a young woman (played by Georgina Reilly of CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries) and her daily struggle to balance the demands of her workplace and her boyfriend. The film is narrated by a male voice, and this voice dispenses advice that the woman tries to follow. Watch the entire video below:
It was funny to watch the contradictions happen between her actions and the voice’s advice. It was equally funny seeing some of the advice not working out for her, such as giving “advance notice” at work. Of course, the advice given to help her handle her workplace was also applicable to navigating and surviving her relationship with her guitar-player boyfriend. I found the scene where she fell down the stairs an interesting way to introduce the turning point where she literally ‘saw the light’ and everything changed for her.
Georgina Reilly did an excellent job playing the office worker and girlfriend. She’s definitely busy these days on the Murdoch set, but we hope to see her in other Canadian short films in the near future.