Strange Behavior in Slackers

November 11, 2008

A few weeks ago, I created a video for a contest. The winner would have his, her, or their work shown on a local television channel. I was supposed to work on it with a fellow I never met before hand, along with another girl. Unfortunately, we could not reach an agreement on how to proceed with the video, and so we went our seperate ways on individual projects.

On my own, I did much better than I expected. My script was ready, my ideas were fairly sound, and despite the many obstacles of malfunctioning equipment, I completed the task and submitted my work to the contest. I was quite proud of it, as it was my first time entering a contest like this on my own. I didn’t win, but I was one of the better entries.

However, before I submitted my script, the same guy that I split away from came back and tried to claim credit. He had nothing, he was simply trying to put his name to my work. After I cleared up the matter, he did it again. Calls me up before I’, supposed to pitch the thing and says “let’s practice OUR pitch”. Then he says while we’re at it, he wants me to do some camera work for him. Offers to pay me $1.50.

Obviously, I put an end to whatever the Hell it was he was trying to do. I’m not sure why I suddenly feel the need to write about this, but all this time I have learned that if you want to get invovled in film or television you have to be able to establish relationships. Is ripping someone off creating contacts? Surely not. This kid says he wants to be a director. Yet, he puts forth little effort.

I wish that was the end of it, but now there is another slacker to deal with on another project. Luckily, there is a great guy that balances out the workload anyway.

Why is it that we continually find ourselves in the company of people that try to steal other people’s credit and work? I don’t understand how they manage to get by.