Question: How does a 20 year film biz veteran, that is constantly being asked to cut his rate or work for free, continue to work and make ends meet in this business?

by Peter D. Marshall

I received this email from Jamie Vesay who asks a very pertinent and timely question for those of us who have spent our careers in the film and TV business. Read what Jamie has to say and then leave your comments below.
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Hi Peter

I’ve read your blog and profile(s) then found you again at LinkedIn.
Congrats on what appears to be a great career in film.

I am compelled to reach out to you with a question.

Perhaps this a subject for a blog post or just a raw appeal from another brother in the industry.

Like you, I love the medium of filmmaking with similar passion.
We’ve been called carnies and junkies.
There’s nothing better than a creative collaboration with like-minded pros.
There’s nothing worse than not doing it.

The mind says “Career equity? Quarterly taxes? Can I sell a screenplay?  Am I aging out?”
The soul says “What else could, would, should I do?”

Here’s the question.

With so many changes in technology, a generation shift, budgets shrinking, easy green screen, and the next “Director” literally stopping at the electronics store on their way to the set – to buy the camera;  How does a 20 year film biz veteran, that is constantly being asked to cut his rate or work for free, that is multi-talented with infinite wisdom to offer, that is fun and funny – continue to work and make ends meet in this business?

Oh.  Also non-Facebooker, non-Twitterer that uses a non iPhone (crackberry).   Geez.  I’m a freak.

Your shared savvy about a world that you can relate to would be immensely appreciated.

Jamie Vesay
jamievesay@gmail.com

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