The best part of my job is no stress – Manish Mordani, who heads “Standards and Practices” department at Disney

Manish Mordant (Head of “Standards and Practices” department at Disney Media)

Insights:

  1. Everything, that’s shown on Disney channel, goes through the eyes and ears of my department.
  2. An individual, who’s just starting out, can expect a monthly takeaway of about INR 35,000/- to 70,000/-. This also depends upon factors like your experience, whether you’re a fresher, what you’ve accomplished before applying for a job like this, etc.
  3. In my opinion, if you want to pursue this career, a primary necessity is possessing copious general knowledge. This is extremely important if you want to work under the ‘Standards and Practices’ sector with a company like Disney.
  4. There are no time-bound promotions in Media industry. One has to do well, take initiatives and stand out of the crowd to get promoted.
  5. A chief benefit of working with Disney is the fact that I seldom feel stressed out or pressurized by the work requirements. I think we’re all extremely passionate about our work and love the way our company functions.

Profile Details

Name – Manish Mordani

Profession – Head of “Standards and Practices” department at Disney

Gender – Male

Age – 43 years

City – Mumbai

Industry – Media

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/manish-mordani-93096636/

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Shillong and completed my schooling from that city. Then, I moved to different cities in the country where I pursued my higher education and established a career. I relocated to Mumbai, finally, and have been residing here ever since. I was born into a joint family. Specifically speaking, we were a family of four, my parents, a younger sister and me.

My family business entailed retailing, wholesaling and tailoring garments. Hence, my parents paved a path through that profession too.

Who had the most influence on you growing up and how?

Growing up, I’d say, my uncle had a pre-eminent influence on me. He was a man of varied interests. He encouraged us to invest time exploring and discovering new things and pushed us to eliminate the monotony in life. That inspired me quite a bit.

Please give us a summary of your career.

My career officially commenced in Mumbai where I opened up a denim factory. We manufactured garments for companies like “Levis” and “Pepe”. I paved a path through this factory for 5 years, however, I realized that this just wasn’t my calling. Following this, I decided to try my luck with modeling.

After a few years, though, I started looking for other career opportunities, eventually joining a pharmaceutical company [a Hong Kong based organization]. I worked with them for about 4.5 years. However, due to certain health issues, I had to quit. This was right before I was offered the position of the director at the company.

Once I’d recovered, I started working with “Sony” as a part of the production team. I was heavily involved with all the reality shows and their budgeting.

Following this, I joined “Walt Disney” in 2009.

Currently, I’m still working with Disney and plan on doing so for a long time.

Which institutes, according to you, are the best for pursuing this career?

In my opinion, if you want to pursue this profession, a primary necessity is possessing copious general knowledge. This is extremely important if you want to work under the ‘Standards and Practices’ sector with a company like Disney.

However, if we’re talking about a professional degree, I’d suggest you pursue a course in media or public relations. Whistling Woods is a renowned institution offering a variety of media courses. Hence, I’d suggest you apply to this institute if you’re planning on pursuing a career similar to mine.

What is the expenditure associated with the education/training of this profession, approximately?

The expenditure you incur depends upon what media course you’re opting for. For instance, at one end of the spectrum, there’s Bachelors of Mass Media, and on the other, there’s Media and Communication. These courses make your foundation stronger. Hence, the fee structure varies.

Additionally, more than anything, it’s crucial to acquire as much knowledge as possible with respect to current affairs, the laws, and regulations of each country, etc. As for the training aspect of it, you’ll receive formal training within the company you’re working for. Hence, there’s no expenditure here.

How does one manage to enter this field?

Since ‘Standards and Practices’ is a relatively new field, it’s not very challenging to secure a position in it. If you’ve completed your basic education and secured a degree in a media course, you’re good to go.

Following this, you can send in your CV’s to the desired organizations. There’s a good chance that you’ll get the job you want. This industry is still growing, and companies keep requiring individuals with different skills.

Your formal training will take place within the company itself. You’ll have to skim through innumerable case studies that the company has worked on in the past years to be able to comprehend the functioning of the company and what’s expected of you.

What is the range of remuneration one can expect when starting out in your line of career & industry?

Honestly, it really depends upon your negotiation skills.

For someone who’s just starting out, one can expect a monthly takeaway of about INR 35,000–70,000. This also depends upon umpteen other factors like your experience, whether you’re a fresher or not, what you’ve accomplished before applying for a job like this, etc.

As for the next few years, your range of income completely depends upon you as a person. The way you speak and present yourself, your confidence, etc are all taken into consideration.

Previously, there was a fixed regime that companies followed in terms of promotions. If you’d work with them for 2–3 years, your promotion was as good as guaranteed, however, with changing times, these rules and regulations have evolved. Today, if you’re not able to showcase your dexterity and potential to your company, you just won’t get the promotion.

Without a promotion, you can expect an 8%-14% rise annually, that is, a 40%-50% raise every five years you’ve worked.

If you’re proactive and are willing to take up different responsibilities, that is, doing more than what’s expected of you, chances are, you’ll get a promotion. This indicates a 21%-30% rise during your ‘promotion’ years.

Hence, a person’s income isn’t pre-determined and varies.

Please describe your work.

Currently, I’m leading the “Standards and Practices” department at Disney. To elaborate, everything that’s aired (audio, visuals, commercials, etc.) all go through the eyes and ears of my department.

We decide whether the piece is good enough for a Disney product and try to work on it if it’s not, after which it goes on air.

Since I’m heading my department, I usually spend the first few hours deciding which team member carries out what functions. Once that’s done, I delegate the determined tasks to them. After this, I scrutinize the previous day’s and week’s records, examine each of my colleagues’ progress since all of them are embarking upon different kinds of work and provide them with a little direction if needed.

I spend about 8–10 hours at the office and work from Monday-Friday.

My job doesn’t really require much of night shifts, however, if my team has to complete a certain goal before the set deadline, night shifts are inevitable. As of now, such instances are not much in number.

What are some benefits that would encourage an individual to consider working with Disney media company?

Fortunately, working for Disney comes with umpteen perks.

A chief benefit of working with Disney is the fact that I seldom feel stressed out or pressurized by the work requirements.

We have a lovely work atmosphere simply because we’re all extremely passionate about our work and love the way our company functions.

There are absolutely no challenges when it comes to getting holidays.

Next, since I’m working with Disney, I receive a lot of merchandise from them. I’m also able to attend free movie screenings with my family. Hence, there are a lot of perks in that sense.

Also, I’m extremely contented with the work culture too. For instance, a formal dress code has never been forced upon us. As long as we look presentable, we’re good to go.

However, many of these benefits are applicable to Disney, solely. Hence, perks and advantages keep varying from company to company.

Can you mention a few challenges that you would want someone to be aware of if they’re considering a career in S&P Department in Media industry?

As the head of the S&P department, it’s crucial to remain prepared for anything and everything. Challenges are always rearing their heads to the top, questions are always arising, and hence, it’s more than necessary to prepare yourself for different kinds of situations and complications.

You ought to remain on your toes at all times.

You’re expected to keep track of the current affairs taking place all over the world too. When you’re a part of media, you ought to cater to the entire world, not just a particular state or country.

You’re also expected to study the laws and regulations of different countries.

Heading this department or even working under it is not effortless or elementary. You ought to brainstorm, use your mind in different ways and get out of your comfort zone and explore, which some people may view as a challenge or may dislike.

What are some relevant trends/skills/technologies that are currently commanding a premium in your job profile?

The technology our company is using is extremely advanced as compared to other companies. Our technology is such that no one can alter or make any changes in the recorded data. Hence, it’s important to know your way around computers and I.T. once you’re part of the company.

What kind of a person, do you think, would be content in this field?

It’s always about quality, not quantity. It’s about what you have to offer, your potential to take the company one step ahead and your thought process.

Even though leading a department like this is exhilarating, it’s important to remember that you’re carrying an entire team on your shoulders. Responsibility and ability are two indispensable requirements one should possess.

If you think you can meet these necessities, I’m sure you’ll be content doing this.

Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned?

I’d probably want to become a pilot, I think. I’ve always had the inclination to do so. I wouldn’t mind becoming a snooker player, either. The idea really enthralls me! However, I’m extremely contented with the way things have unfolded in life.

What advice would you offer to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path similar to yours?

I don’t want to sound cliché, but, I’d suggest you gain expertise in acquiring an optimistic outlook with respect to anything and everything in life. If you’re manifesting negative thoughts in your mind, it’ll automatically reflect. Hence, always adopt and foster a healthy and positive thought process. You’ll strive!