The recognition usually leads to more work in the biz
Stepping into the spotlight of an Emmy nomination is a kick. Just ask any of this year’s first-time Emmy contenders.Nominees take a graceful bowSpotlight But when the receptions are over and all the hardware has been presented, the real joy is found in the work. Nominees say the best thing about kudos recognition is that it usually helps ensure that a person can keep working in a famously fickle business. “It’s certainly been easier to get meetings,” says scribe Robin Veith, who is nommed for drama writing (with Matthew Weiner) for the memorable “Mad Men” seg “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency.” After three seasons on “Mad Men,” Veith moved on to New York this year to work on the FX drama “Lights Out.” Helmer Lesli Linka Glatter scored her first Emmy nom for directing the “Guy” episode of “Mad Men.” She already earned a DGA Award for the seg earlier this year, but she still felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude when she learned the news of the Emmy nom while she was in Chicago working with Shawn Ryan on Fox’s “Ride-Along.” “I love being a storyteller. I love doing what I do,” Glatter says. “I hope this means I get to keep doing it.” Rolin Jones, a drama writing nominee for “The Son” episode of “Friday Night Lights” — which was a tour de force for series star Zach Gilford — has been wrestling with the feeling that the individual praise for him is a little misplaced. “This episode was sewn on the back of Zach Gilford and (director) Allison Liddi,” Jones says. “Nothing would have happened with this unless they made it pop.” As much as Jones and the others are trying to keep the Emmy swirl in perspective, there are practical matters to attend to. Like fashion choices. Jones turned to his pal, helmer-producer Paul Feig, to help him pick out a suit. “I don’t know how to dress,” he admits. With duty calling, Glatter has to fly right back to Chicago first thing Monday morning. “I’ll probably still be in my Emmy dress on the plane,” she jokes. Veith has a different problem. Her boyfriend’s birthday is Saturday, but it’s officially been pushed back a week this year. “I told him, ‘Honey, I really can’t be thinking about you this week,’ ” she says.