No job this week, but I got a call for an upcoming job that was quite humorous/annoying/frustrating.
So, I get this call for a job, It starts off as usual…the production coordinator asks if I’m available. I reply… “Yes.” Then she tells me that the rate is union scale which is $100 LESS that my typical day rate. I pause. (I have not heard this strategy before) I like her and try to negotiate to meet them half way… say, 50 bucks less and of course, if all the other departments are taking the same cut….only fair!!! (I’ve learned to question this upfront after experiencing it the hard way…girl positions taking a cut and the guys getting their day rate…) She said she would call me back.
The next day I get a call back from her. Now the story has changed she says, well, they didn’t budget for a script supervisor and somehow working the numbers came up with X dollars (which happens to be $100 less than my day rate) They figured even though (kissing up) “You’re worth much more than that” they would try and see if I would take the job. Basically trying to get me to take a rate that someone junior in experience would get. More experience for less $$ I see where they're coming from...
Pretty sneaky those production people!!!