As a Licensed Panicker-Pessimist, I will say that you can both enjoy the journey and worry that I’ll never reach the destination. I can’t speak for Sam but for me, I don’t want to live my entire life off of survival jobs.
Even if I’m not a showrunner in a few years or running my own production company, I still want to make a living off of something in the entertainment industry that pays me enough to send my kids to college and rent or buy a home larger than a one bedroom apartment and also fund side projects that I don’t hate. I just don’t want to wake up every day hating my day job but knowing that next weekend I’m gonna get to work on a less than $1k set, and then also get my kids ready for school, you know?
I understand I might hate my day job, whatever it is, sometimes. But I don’t want to hate my day job for the rest of my life, you know? And as cool and exciting as web series are, realistically, there’s no lasting money in that. I’m happy to move into TV (unlike how it seems Sam feels), which is a whole other can of panic-worms, but yeah, it sometimes bums me out that this might be… it. You know?
(wow, this took a turn for the morose even more than I was expecting.)