Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Maybe It's Not Smart to Burn Bridges

While searching on Craig's List for job ads, I happened to look up something that led to Ripoff Report. Since I happened to be looking in the same category to browse through actual scams, I came across some very unflattering & downright defamatory remarks about a company I have an employment opportunity at.

Some tips before you write something on Ripoff Report:

1. Be damn sure you know the facts. I happen to know for a fact this particular company has not been casting anyone, hence not working w/any actors. If anyone's been taking money from "actors", I'm not aware of it.

2. Check your facts. In lots of states, you can look up attorneys online to see who is or isn't licensed. Some idiot had the nerve to claim about me "now she's an attorney." Listen up, jerkwad! I've been an attorney for 3 years, long before ever dealing w/the scam artist company a year ago.

3. Better watch pulling that "the same people are involved" shit to prove your argument. For one thing, the CEO being out of a company is a huge change. Another funny fact: one of the PR reps at this company was also part of this contingent of actors.

4. Finally, as I've said before if you are concerned about being yelled at, get the hell out of the entertainment field. I've seen & heard about far worse things including the casting couch. This business is not for shrieking violets, delicate flowers or those with a special snowflake mentality. See how many friends you keep if you get oversensitive. I'm fine with the occasional "babe" or "sweetheart"; this is part of some people's interactions based on generation/region/what have you. Make a federal case of things like this & I promise you'll get blackballed sooner or later.

Arrested Development also proves that executives curse a LOT.

Better yet, maybe you should live in a bubble all by yourself since you're not going to be able to handle working anyplace w/that kind of attitude. Try mouthing off to a supervisor sometime & see what happens. Even the McDonald's night manager isn't going to stand for it.

As an aside, I actually warned certain actors involved who behaved professionally & who I felt had a future. Clearly, the authors are sad little wannabes who will not amount to anything; they can't call themselves "actors" since real actors would have facts and evidence to back up their tales. If I were involved in this little scam, why would I go telling investors & defrauded people anything? Why would my boss at this other company do it if he were involved?

If you didn't get the warning, maybe it means you don't belong to the creative community & no one wants to vouch for you in future projects.

Not that I feel some compelling need to defend myself or anything but I think my boss there could have a libel action w/some of these remarks.

This is how you burn bridges, kids. You'll also not find a thing on the BBB or in court records since that company has not done anything warranting legal action. If it has, that's news to me & you really should speak up while bringing in your evidence.

Furthermore, I have a very good memory & know precisely who I did or didn't interact with. The names of the troublemakers are permanently etched in my brain so they won't be crossing my desk or dealing with me.

God, this reminds me of something that happened to an industry friend of mine. My friend was the target of a very dedicated hater in a foreign country. This hater dislikes my friend so much that he created a hate site exclusively for that purpose. He probed details of my friend's life & went right for this friend's jugular.

My friend was upset at first but eventually took it with a grain of salt. Guess I should feel like I've arrived in a sense since I've got haters & those haters have zero credibility in this business. I certainly won't change who I am to impress some future (maybe present, for all I know) whore. Thoughts?

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