1. Client from hell

    A while back, I shot behind the scenes for a silent film starring/directed/produced by a guy named Vlad Kozlov. He offered me a great rate to take it on as a regular gig, but I didn’t want to deal with another long-running disorganized one-camera “reality show” after two years of doing something very similar. I got paid for my day’s work, shipped him back the hard drive that we had for data transfer, and I thought that was the end of it. 

    Fast forward to 1:30 this morning:

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  2. Followup: I turned down that gig, and doubled my rates for people who need BTS/EPK but think they want a crazy wacky insane dramatic reality show of themselves and all of their friends, all shot by one guy for 16 hours a day with no semblance of structure on their part. I need to take a break from that scene. I really appreciate all the pep talks I got this morning and last night that helped me come to this conclusion.
On a related note, here is my new resume. Thanks, Keith Schofield!
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    Followup: I turned down that gig, and doubled my rates for people who need BTS/EPK but think they want a crazy wacky insane dramatic reality show of themselves and all of their friends, all shot by one guy for 16 hours a day with no semblance of structure on their part. I need to take a break from that scene. I really appreciate all the pep talks I got this morning and last night that helped me come to this conclusion.

    On a related note, here is my new resume. Thanks, Keith Schofield!

  3. I got offered a new shooting job

    …that would pay extremely well, but probably completely take over my life and burn me out. I’m not particularly in love with the project itself, it will not give me any significant connections or advance my skills, but the compensation is very good. 

    I just finished doing that exact same thing for two straight years. I thought I’d have a few months to take odd gigs, go on adventures, and make new connections before another one of these things came up. So far, I’ve done it for one month, and it’s been great. I’ve made more incredible work contacts in the past month than I have in the past year.

    I’m at a tipping point between “holy shit, that would be $x per month!” and “I can’t nail myself down to something that’s probably another lateral move in my career”. I can’t tell if it’s stupid to turn down the money, or more stupid to turn down opportunities for myself.

    Hollywood needs a wise old Beard&Frames guru who specializes in fielding these dilemmas. He’d live on top of Mt. Lee, and tell stories about being a PA on Gone With the Wind.