I blame it on EastBound and Down

1 11 2013

Sometimes, I end up doing things that I don’t care to do. It does not usually turn out well. I am discovering a delightful freedom in learning to say “no” to things like this. I am trying to be as honest as possible about things. Gone are the days when I make decisions based on what I think you want me to do. I really have no idea what you want.

Having said all that, I find myself in a dilemma that I am trying to work out right now. I am going to blame it on EastBound and Down. But, let me get to the point.

I really enjoy this little gig that I am working right now. It is a day or two each week out of town, which doesn’t really bother me. The paycheck is paying my bills and contributing my health insurance and for that, I am very grateful. The work itself is fun. I am doing hair for the back ground artists on a television series. I enjoy the folks I am working with on set. I still love what I get to do for a living.

The company pays for my hotel stay and here is where it gets sticky for me. I realize that the film industry is all the about the mighty dollar and a good production manager will cut costs wherever possible across the boards. I further understand that my particular position on this production is quite low on the totem pole. I am okay with all of that. That, however, is no reason for me to allow myself to be placed in a situation that is unhealthy or unsafe. The hotels this company puts me in are low budget and dirty at best. I travel with my own cleaning supplies (as many of my co-workers know). I am always thrilled when I don’t have to use them. That has not happened so far on this job. So far, I have asked to be moved from one hotel (a filthy health hazard)

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(this is a sample of what this room had to offer. This is just from the carpet and floor. I can’t even tell you about the bathroom.)

and refused to stay in one in which the doors open to the outside (unsafe). I know that the fellow in charge of booking hotel arrangements is sick of me but it is not my fault that they give us poor accommodations.

Below are pics from the last hotel I was put up in. I was on the first floor and the windows did not lock. This is how they “fixed” the problem for me.

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(this is where they put me after I refused to stay in the unsafe hotel)

In order to maintain my self respect, I am going to have to refuse the work on this production and that makes me very sad. I know they will do just fine without me. There is always someone waiting in the wings to take over a position in this business.

Darn you EastBound and Down!!! And thank you for always treating me with dignity and respect, for making every work day an opportunity to raise my game and to improve my craft. Thank you for teaching me that I am worth saying NO to some things. Can’t wait to work with you all again.

BTW, I am available right now. 😉


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