Dear Well Meaning Person Who Wants Help With Your Project:
I appreciate you thinking highly of me enough to come to me for help. I sincerely do. I've worked very hard to get to the place where people can come to me with questions. It proves to myself that what I've done in the past hasn't been in vain... the long hours, stormy nights, shots in the mugginess and freezing cold, they actually did propel me into becoming the professional I am today.
And while I am friendly, and while I am nice, whether you understand this or not: I cannot work for free.
I work. HARD for a project. I give up time with my family. I give up time to work on my own creative projects. I literally bust my butt to ensure I give 110% on your work of art. I sweat. I bleed. I cry. Over each project I'm over.
I've been asked to critique scripts for free, to provide crew, to write, to produce, to direct...
And for that, I need to be compensated. Not only me, but ALL filmmakers.
Our dedication and love of what we do, has made it easy to exploit us. We need to eat. We need to provide for our families.
So, the next time you approach anyone to work on your awesome project, consider offering them compensation.
We're worth it. ~SC
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