An actor friend of mine just complained to me about getting screwed over by a production house.
He was offered $500 to act in a live event for a well-known MNC. The event is handled by a quite prominent production house run by a quite prominent individual. My friend accepted the offer and blocked the date for the job.
Three days later, the producer called to say that the fee has become $200.
Of course, my friend protested. How can $500 become $200??
The producer said he had thought he would be able to get that amount, but it turned out that he wasn’t able to.
A pretty lame excuse, if you ask me. My friend tried to negotiate. The producer said $250 tops, no higher.
Since my friend had already blocked the date and turned down other jobs for this job, he decided to take what he can get. He said he’d accept $250 on the condition that he’s paid on the day of the event.
The producer agreed.
Later, another phone call. The producer told my friend that he was going to hire someone else and that my friend wasn’t needed anymore, thank you.
I ask you. What are the little people to do?