"NO ONE HAS EVER BECOME POOR BY GIVING."
A quick note about the unseen value of underpaid work.
This is a touch subject for some people, so I apologize if I step on any toes.
But I've noticed recently that the only people who text me inquiring about extra work or talking about having a slow month are the people who are super stingy about their day rates and their "value."
In theory, I totally get it. No one wants to be taken advantage of or feel undervalued.
(I will also add that I think this may be totally fair game with large corporate commercial clients).
But I have to say that some of my best, most fulfilling work recently has come from jobs where I went way above and beyond what was expected of me / what the client had to offer me in return. I have recently put my own money INTO projects recently to make sure they're the best they can possibly be. And 10/10 times, it's led to not only a full recovery of funds on the NEXT job but a ridiculously strong word of mouth reputation leading to new work on the back end.
So remember that we are working with people.
Remember that respect, trust, and our next jobs are to be earned - both by the work you do on set and the person you choose to be before and after.
Know your value, and stand by it. But remember that quality of life is not only found in the amount of money you have (sometimes great projects with great people are far more valuable than perfect pay).
If you live by the sword, you will die by the sword.
And if you live by the nickels and dimes, you'll die by them too.
"No one has ever become poor by giving." - Anne Frank