Alex, a half Korean/half Jewish acting student, is mistaken to be Chinese and hired to work the graveyard shift of a mailroom dominated by first generation Chinese men. Here, he enters an industrial world of working men dominated by rage and exhaustion. The warehouse lunchroom serves as an arena for connection and confusion. Amid several languages spoken and men old enough to be Alex's grandfather, Alex encounters a middle aged white man that sits in the back stewing in his pain-drenched rage completely ignored by the other workers. Alex tries to make sense of it all and learns to see his life outside the warehouse as surreal until it all unravels and changes the way he sees the world. Written by
One of the great myths of the 21st Century is the concept of being " over-qualified " . Let me elaborate . Someone leaves university with a degree in say media studies and they go around with their heads in the clouds that no one will give them a job say in car washing because they're " over qualified " . In other words it's a cop out excuse and what they really mean is that they're not going to bother applying for jobs that they feel are below them . In my experience employers are happy enough to give a job out to anyone who shows a work ethic towards a low paid menial job and I've known plenty of people who have uni degrees and are happy to work as waiting staff . What's wrong with waiting on tables ? Check out my profile pic and tell me I wasn't one lucky b*stard in my old job
SHIFT taps in to this . Alex is a student who works as an actor but needs a second job because acting school is not cheap . Ten thousand dollars a term ? That's what I call expensive . It also makes the brilliant point about the networking aspect of working . Forget all about searching online for a photographer because you might just meet someone who can take a picture for your portfolio dirt cheap . You pull yourself up by the bootlaces and help yourself and you might just find other people can help you . SHIFT doesn't pull back from a painful aspect in life that sometimes life just kicks you in teeth but as Alex goes back to the workplace at the end it signifies that bitter sweet aspect of loyalty . It's only a work of fiction but if you remember someone gave you a chance and you grabbed that chance with both hands and made the most of it destiny might just reward you with more opportunity . Always remember that
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