Anger Management

Today is one of the most frustrating days that I've had thus far in planning my production. I've been shot down in a number of areas, and don't really know where to begin to explain. I'll just say that I'm exhausted and it's only 10:30AM.

Here is an interesting dilemma that I could use some advice from others on. If you were potentially going to have someone work for you, and they said this to you , "You need me more than I need you," would you still hire them? In what context could that not be taken in a negative way? This is not a rhetorical question, I'm really wondering...


Blogger Matt Williames said...

Liz you probably don't remember me, but we went to CalArts together and were in the same class. anyhow, i never comment on other peoples situations but i'm home for the day and ain't got much else to do, and i was thinking about your problem since i've been there as well. I'd say it's really important that they respect your authority. not in a cocky sense, but the simple fact is that your the director and you have the last say (almost). i don't know if this is gonna be weird that i haven't seen you in forever and am now counsiling you on an "issue". but Oprah wasn't on yet and i had a few minutes to blow, just teasing. seriously, don't be affraid to have a little humble confidence and not hire someone. you don't need and ego like that. take it easy, and congratulations by the way. check out my blog sometime "handdrawnnomadzone". later!

10:47 AM, October 25, 2005  
Anonymous Dragon Boy D said...

No one needs to tell you exactly what you already know, (but I'll tell you anyway)...DO NOT HIRE THIS PERSON. While creating and realizing your show requires a great deal of work and no doubt comprimise, it should also be GOD DAMN FUN!!! You don't need someone who is obviously not about HELPING you to realize your creative goals for this show,(and mind you that's what people should be looking to do,HELP you not dictate to you). They will be working for you and must be comfortable with that and respectful of it. Aside from the top level execs, which everyone knows have the final say for better or worse, everyone else needs to either support you or F-off! They should be looking to bring something possitive to the project. If the first thing out of someones mouth is how they are doing you some big favor by helping you, almost like this is beneath them, move on to the next person. I once heard an HR administrator tell an animator that if they didn't like thier deal, there were dozens of people waiting to take thier place. That person didn't deserve the slam but in this case it's sounds appropriate. SO, don't dwell on thier aggressive bulls#%t, just move on. Don't let some jack-ass screw up this fantastic opportunity for you. Always trust your instincts. ALWAYS!!!

11:28 AM, October 25, 2005  
Anonymous Jingoistic said...

I agree that you should generally avoid people that are that full of themselves... Even if they are a big star with name recognition, time and again with network television this has been proven not to be a draw for viewers. What will ultimately sell the concept is remaining true to the original. Then, if it doesn't work it means people don't like you... hahah. No, what I mean is, I agree with the previous post; whatever they do pitch in for you will be half-assed and you will end up scheduling your work around it.

1:15 PM, October 25, 2005  
Blogger potato farm girl said...

Ick, luckily, there seem to be alot of decent, creative people out there who want to work. Don't let that comment get you down. Trust your instincts.

1:54 PM, October 25, 2005  
Anonymous fujimoo said...

Someone actually said that??? During an interview process? Unless it was someone who was actually *funding* your production, I would just make a note that it would be someone that you probably wouldn't want to work with. Not only that, with that kind of attitude, how are you sure that they're going to give the 110% that you want? If they think they're such hot sh**, they might not make a good effort to do the work you need. I would pass, but wouldn't say that this was the reason why-- be diplomatic! Remember the whole saying about some of the people you meet on the way up... (although this individual doesn't sound like someone who'd be moving up necessarily...) Just another $.02.

9:36 PM, October 25, 2005  
Blogger Boogervampire said...

Dude, what a son of a bitch. I mean seriously, you know what to do, and if this is someone you are trying to woo, do you really want to continue trying? I mean, if they are that difficult in an interview just IMAGINE how much worse it will be when the are on board. You have enough people out there dying to work with you alredy, this person was an ass and should be treated the way all ass holes should be treated, a polite rejection of their exhistence. :) What a dick, seriously. "You need me more than I need you." Bullshit!

7:53 AM, October 26, 2005  
Anonymous Theresa said...

Remember, when you are the creator/director - it is YOUR party and what you say goes. Would you invite someone like that to your party? I thought not. And as a big shot, you will also need to learn how to say NO to people. This looks like a perfect opportunity to start.
Rock on lil Rock Star!

2:34 PM, October 26, 2005  
Anonymous Richard C said...

I've been trying to think of a way that such a statment could sound positive (or at least neutral). Maybe if you were stranded on an alien planet with only one alien that could translate for you? Hmmm, no - that would still be one jerky alien.

So if that person wasn't making it very obvious that his/her comment was a joke (i.e. lauging hysterically after saying such a thing), forget about it! I think fujimoo is right - when they're on board, their ego will start to weigh you down... I just started reading your site, and I think you'll do great without him/her - good luck!

3:44 PM, October 26, 2005  
Blogger SMacLeod said...

It's a negative comment. Do you want to work with this person? Do you have to? Do you think you need em? That's what's most important. If you have to work with them then use their confidence to resolve your biggest problems. Challenge them. Let their ego conquer someting big for you, otherwise, if they can't do it maybe it will humble them. And on the day-to-day w/em just say "That's interesting." You don't have to agree or whatever. Your experience will provide you with ways of leading difficult people. Good Luck!

1:52 PM, October 28, 2005  
Blogger Jim Mitchell said...

I hope you will not give this person the satisfaction. i don't know this jerk (or maybe I do), but you are not in a position of taking this crap from anyone on your baby. They will give you grief... they have already!

tell them thank you... we'll do lunch sometime, goodbye.

I give this advice without the context of how important and indespensible they are to you, or who they are related to... you would know,
it is an age old dilemma in the industry, welcome!

You will succeed withut this jerk, and I have seen many.

I hope they are gracious when you show them the door.

loves Daikokuya!

PS uh, did they have a weapon?

12:56 PM, November 04, 2005  

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