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Anyone else here ever subjected to a 20hr workday?

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  1. LPBlue

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    Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining because 17~18hrs is normal in my gig but there gets to be that tipping point! I just did two back to back 20hr shifts (my personal best was 27hrs but that was 20yrs ago) and the weekend will be dedicated to sleep interspersed with semi-coherent posts here.:D

    The tv/film game is not for the faint of heart and you know in the first couple of weeks on the job if you can do it or not...30+yrs later I wonder why I still do it?

    Well...
    1) I like it and nobody is going to make me retire...serious family vibe on set on a long running show
    2) By our union contract, as the hours pile up the $$$ gets insane
    3) It beats the hell out of "working for a living" as in 9to5 cubicle rodent crap

    Big hours/brutal biz? Tell us about it!:sneaky:
     
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    79olympicwhite Strat-Talker

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    Not a chance..,.but lm sure the moneys nice.... if you got the time to spend it
     
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    Where I work at a large chemical plant, we are not permitted to work super extended hours. We follow API Recommended Practice 755 -Fatigue Risk Management Systems for Personnel in the Refining and Petrochemical Industries

    I am salary, so it works out well for me because it also limits me to super extended hours during Turnarounds. Keeps hourly workers from being overworked and put at risk fatigue wise.

    Back in my military days we would work crazy hours with no additional pay. I did one stretch of 14-16 hours days straight for about 6 months. I made about $22k annually back then.
     
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    chrimturn Fire in the Wire Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Work 16’s more often than not. Bad storms and I’ll get 24. Not very often though. Usually cut off between 18-20. Most consecutive I’ve worked is 36.
     
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  5. LPBlue

    LPBlue "That Guy", again...dammit! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Given time, you could be the richest man in the graveyard!:D
     
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    chrimturn Fire in the Wire Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I like the money, but as mentioned above, there’s no time for anything else. You know how it is. You start to feel like you live there and you get burned out pretty quick. Slave to the money.

    I’m on the back half of 5 days off now though. About time to start burnin’ the oil again.
     
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    newplayeroldguy in the wind

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    Navy days at sea can be very, very long.
     
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    Especially after a long watch and then they call General Quarters .....
     
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    I almost slept 20 hours today
     
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    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    M-F, 7-4, and some occasional wkd or after hours work. No complaints here :cool:
     
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    Had many 32hr days (I was a perfectionist). :rolleyes:
     
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    I'm a freelance electrical engineer, I really used to burn my day away 16+ hours work for extended periods, but those days are gone. These days I rarely start my work day before 9am and by 4pm lights are out. A Saturday here and there to catch up cause the phone doesn't ring on saturday.
    I might just be able to keep this pace up till I'm dead.
     
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    Mon to thu 7 till 6 Friday 7 till 2 no more weekends done the mad hours building tunnels now I prefer the daylight the 16 hour plus days are long gone I don’t regret it got me to where I am now on the finishing straight.:thumb:
     
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  14. LPBlue

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    That 14~16hrs/day for 6mos would be considered light duty for a film crew with some complaints here and there about the lack of ot hours. TV/Film is military by nature...planning to the second, resources and gear at the ready, trained (and mostly old guard on my show) crew and a strict chain of command overseeing the operation...right?:sneaky: No uniform however a very similar mindset that makes the business time/effort efficient and it even keeps the costs down!:sneaky::D
     
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    For the last couple years it has been mostly 6 to 2:30. With Saturday's mixed in. Some overtime
    But not too much. I used to do on occasion a long day 10 hrs or so then do a night shutdown and work through the night then get a couple hours of sleep then do 8 or so. But when I was in Alaska we would work 16 hour shifts and sometimes work through so you work 16 then 8 then 16. One day i decided to go through a second time so i worked my 16 hour shift the 8 hour night shift my 16 again then worked the 8 and started the next 16 hour shift and I must have blacked out because I woke up in a chair near my bunk room about a day later not knowing what happened or how i got there. o_O
     
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    Retired last year, but did the slave hours for decades. Kraft Dinner ain't that bad.
     
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    With her last client, my wife was doing 12-14 hour days for over a year. Fortunately, she was working from home and I could take care of everything else. It was killing her. Now she's doing 8-12 hour days from home, with occasional travel, but the work is no less intense.

    To my great frustration, I'm not finding work in my field. Taking care of nearly everything else with the household and property doesn't leave me with much spare time, though.

    When I am working in my field, 8-10 hour days are the norm. When software or systems "go live" in a hospital, the hours can go way beyond that if there's a problem.
     
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    What long running show is it?
     
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    You still are but now you don't have to gaf.:D
     
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    LPBlue "That Guy", again...dammit! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Murdoch Mysteries...shooting season 13 now.
     
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