Career Changes. Part 4.

We are Going to Switch Countries. We are Going to Switch Careers.   

If you have read my previous blogs, you will know that I love Asia. Indonesia to be exact. This comes full circle with Part one of career changes because I was about to enter the world of entertainment once more. A friend of mine from MD Pictures was doing a shoot in Toronto. They needed a hand with a few things but mostly production and to verify a few people before sending money over.

Well, this led me down a path that helped set me on my future. Once more, the reminder to never burn the bridges. My friend started up MD Entertainment and later on opened MD Pictures. I would never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would work with them again.  

Another change. Off to Indonesia.  

Business is business. I wish that many others could cross over into other industries as I did. I was hired as the Chief Operating Officer for MD Pictures. Many people would think that this is a far cry from what I was doing. However, what is it like to run your own business? My family and I worked with large companies such as Walmart, Costco and IKEA. We had the experience and the knowledge to run a business. We had the foundation and the knowledge to make things happen. My friend knew this and within two months I was on my way to Jakarta Indonesia.  

What to Make of it all? I did it! 

While this change was huge I was pleased to make a move. I was happy to be out of the furniture business and to be able to make a clean start.  

This was by far the biggest career change. Was I nervous? I sure was, there was a lot to learn and a lot to take on. But, being in business we need to be diverse and we need to adapt. Something everyone needs to do is expand their knowledge. When I want to do something new I throw myself into it and immerse myself in the topics. Did I read up on what is expected from a COO? I sure did. Did I study up on what I needed to do? Yes, I did.  Did I learn anything new? 

Did I Learn Anything? I Surely did! 

The number one thing I learned was that I can be a COO. How so you may ask? Well, all the main qualifications for a COO were deep inside me for decades.  

I was not referred to as a COO but rather an owner. We looked after several departments. They all reported to the owners. Planning and forecasting, new product launches, managing financials were all part of our jobs. Our roles were broken up differently. Quality control, sustainability, hiring, firing and human resources were everyday things… What I had to get used to was… the politics of it all. 

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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