The best that I usually ever hope for at the end of a commercial shoot is a "Thank you" or "Good job!".
But, last Friday during the last hour of the last day of a five-day commercial job the production coordinator walked up to me and gave me a GIFT! And...wait for it...
THE GIFT WAS FROM THE CLIENT!!! ----I KNOW!
I stood there in slack-jawed, bug-eyed shock. I didn't know what to say.
For those of you wondering why this is so amazing, in 16 years of film I have NEVER had anyone in the commercial world give me a gift. NEVER. I've never even heard about it happening to anybody else.
The client gave each crew member a gift card to Caribou Coffee and a logo pen from their company (a really nice pen, not a cheapo pen.....actual gift shown in photo).
Now, this is the Internet and you can't hear the sound of my voice, but let me assure you this isn't sarcasm. This is genuine, mouth agape, "I'm so glad I got up this morning" amazement and gratitude. Really, I know it's not much, but wow. I acted like she just handed me the keys to a Lexus. And since I was the first to receive said gift, it was fun to watch the reactions of the rest of the crew. Everyone was stupefied yet grateful. Making sure to thank the client on the way out.
I left that job, not only loving the production but also the client. Gosh thanks, it's nice to know our work is appreciated!
Oh, and I got my day rate too. I LOVE THESE GUYS!
Has this ever happened to anybody else?