Friday, November 3, 2017

Just Don’t Push Your Luck

When Local Producer (LP) got a request for a provincial show, he was surprised at one of the names the contact of the area wanted as a performer. Apparently, Rarely Seen (RS) actor still had a market in the far-flung area. LP, who saw the opportunity, got to work right away.

LP, as it turns out, is a good friend of RS. Luckily, RS was not out of town, and LP was able to set up a meeting with his friend. The meeting finally came and the two friends casually talked and renewed their friendship. The conversation was turning out like for old time’s sake. However, LP was wrong in that aspect.

When the seemed right, LP broached the idea of inviting RS to a show he was staging out of town. Then, he asked RS if he could be gracious enough to be one of the guests. RS started to ask the usual questions, such as the date, place, and time. LP answered each question with a straight face, as he was not one of those feared producers who often shortchange performers or not keep up with the agreement.

As their conversation was slowly turning into a negotiation, RS inquired about accommodations and the specific hotel. Then, he asked about the transportation, as he did not want to spend hours in a van. RS was so persistent on the details of the trip. Of course, LP knew that he had to please RS, but he was working within a budget as well. Besides, the cost would also have to be shouldered by the provincial counterpart.

Finally, the matter of talent fees came up. LP was shocked at the response of RS, who quoted a figure that raised his eyebrows. RS said that he has given him a discounted rate, as they are friends. Still, the six-figure amount RS quoted was too much for someone who hardly is seen on any form of media these days. Besides, RS is really just on the edge of his almost vanishing career, even if the networks seem to be trying to sign him up.

‘The ego is only an illusion, but a very influential one. Letting the ego-illusion become your identity can prevent you from knowing your true self. Ego, the false idea of believing that you are what you have or what you do, is a backwards way of assessing and living life.’ - Wayne Dyer

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  1. Replies
    1. Wrong! The negotiations will be between his handler & the producer! Basher ka talaga!

    2. D naman rarely seen si X. Me visibility pa rin siya. Me mga gigs pa rin siya. Yung project with his LT lang wala.

  2. Giraffe...clues pa more mga beks

  3. The short dancer?

  4. board exam agad??

  5. Is this J, ex of older jinx?

  6. Networks ang sabi so meaning hindi ito tali sa KaF o KaH. Freelancer siguro pero big name dati.

  7. Is this D? Dating KaF pero recently nagguest sa KaH?

  8. Off the top of my head, this is R na palaos batchmate ni J. Pero yung alam kong provincial event ni R ay shouldered ng isang corporate entity so hindi naman provincial government. Da who kaya itech

  9. J. Nasa clue ang initials.



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