How to Handle Working for an Asshole


How to Handle Working for an Asshole

“Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.”
– George Carlin

Via The Black and Blue

Like any job, going to work in the film industry isn’t always fun. Stepping on set can become a chore when you’re stressed from a shootfeeling pressure from your department, and working extremely long hours.

So the last thing you need in a situation like that is someone treating you poorly: berating you, yelling at you, and generally being a damn asshole.

But it happens.

I wish I could tell you that everyone in the film industry is nice as cherry pie, but statistically that’s impossible and, from personal experience, I know it’s not true. At some point, probably early in your career, you’re going to encounter an asshole. How you deal with them will have a tremendous effect on the path your career takes — for better or worse.

Recently a reader (who wished to remain anonymous) told me a story about her experience with a director of photography (DP) who was treating her terribly:

I’m just wondering, however, if you have any advice on what to do if the guy you’re working for – the DP – is the asshole!? I got along well with the rest of the cast and crew, but the DP was arrogant, sexist, and condescending. Each time he directed his assholery my way, I just worked and tried harder… but I was pretty conflicted the whole time as to whether the anguish was worth it, considering it was a “deferred payment” low-budget film. Should I just have called it quits and walked away from the production? Was sticking at it and working even harder the right thing to do, or did it just affirm this DP’s douchebaggery, so that he’ll continue to be bad to people in future?

Working with anybody with a toxic attitude like that is tough. But it’s especially tough if they’re your department head because it puts you in an awkward position.

There are three ways you can handle a situation like the one encountered above:

  1. Do nothing and work quietly
  2. Try and talk with the person
  3. Walk away from the job

None of the options are ideal, I’ll admit. With Option 1, you potentially lose money, experience, and further networking. Option 2 may backfire and cause you to get fired or intensify the problem. Option 3 has you putting up with abuse without any vengeance.

So which one do you go with? What’s the right path to tread forward on?

It’s hard to say.

The best approach would be a combination of all the options in the order they’re listed. You put up with it hoping it’s a bad day, then if it continues, you approach the person professionally and talk with them about it. Finally, if it still continues, you leave the set.

But that raises another question: how do you know when to escalate things? What if it doesn’t work?

5 Factors to Help You Handle an Asshole

I’ve certainly had to deal with my fair share of filmmaking assholes, but mostly from the production department (no offense producers!) and rarely within my own department. What I’ve noticed is there are several factors that contribute towards when you should and shouldn’t escalate the situation. Leer más “How to Handle Working for an Asshole”

How To Stay Sane In Your Home Office


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For starters, being in your home means you are surrounded with a plethora of distractions. Aside from the usual TV, dog, kids, and other distractions you wouldn’t find in a “regular” corporate office, being isolated and cooped up can make you feel stir crazy!For many people, the idea of working from home is a dream come true. And you know what? They’re absolutely right! However, it’s not always as easy as one would think.

So how can you work from home and stay sane at the same time? Here are five valuable tips I’ve learned by running my own business (Credit Card Forum) from my home office for 3 years and counting.

Tip #1: Limit your distractions

First and foremost, you should get rid of as many distractions as possible. This means working in a room that has no TV. If your job involves a computer, it’s best to set ground rules for time-wasters like Facebook and news sites… don’t use them during your working hours! The same holds true for texting with friends – you wouldn’t be able to do that at a regular office, so why waste time doing it at your home office?

Tip #2: Have a comfortable chair

This may be the best investment you could make. Years ago when I was working for the man, I remember the cheap computer chair I had to sit in (it was the most entry-level model you could imagine). The surface was so hard, I would constantly have to re-adjust my body throughout the day to prevent my behind from going numb! So the first thing I did when I became self-employed was buy a comfortable chair – what a world of difference! I’m not saying you should go buy a Lazy Boy to sit in, but being comfortable and being productive usually go hand-in-hand.

Tip #3: Stick to a schedule Leer más “How To Stay Sane In Your Home Office”

11 Ways To To Annoy Your Parents On Facebook | Jeffbullas’s Blog


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It was an update on Facebook that I wasn’t quite sure whether I was reading it correctly or not. It seemed that my youngest daughter who shall remain nameless but not anonymous was leaving school forever. I had spent many hours going to school meetings, reviewing the school curriculum and discussing subject options and months later she had started her new school year and here we were a few days later with an apparent announcement that she had left school.
Many discussions were had !!
Now I don’t know about you but I prefer to receive that sort of family news in a more traditional manner.
So what are 11 ways to annoy your parents on Facebook?
Post on Facebook that you are leaving school without telling your parents first
Update Facebook with photos of your first tatoo
Reveal that your father is starting to go bald
Announce that you have a new boyfriend before telling your parents via the phone or even face to face
Post embarrassing photos of your parents while they are sleeping, snoring or wearing their gardening clothes
Friend and then flirt with your Mums new boyfriend via updates and photos on Facebook
Announce on Facebook that your mum has just discovered her first grey hairs
Invite your parents constantly to play games on Facebook like Mafia Wars
Spell incorrectly and use bad grammar (they will feel they have failed as a parent)
Tag your parents on random photos on Facebook (they will receive emails constantly with links to photos that have nothing to do with them)
Using the Facebook “Places” feature take photos on your iPhone of places where you shouldn’t be and upload them to Facebook
“How have your children annoyed you on Facebook?” or I can also ask the other question “How have you annoyed your own parents on Facebook?”

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The (Dis)Advantages of Working From Home

Being a freelancer means you often have complete freedom on where to work. However, we tend to stay at home and work from our beds, dining room tables, a corner in our room, or if we’re lucky enough, a whole room dedicated as an office. What we mostly do not do, is leave our home to work in a separate office or co-working space.

Working from home comes with several advantages after all – no overhead, free range of the kitchen, no dress code and the ability to sleep as late as we want and stroll from the bedroom to our computer.

However, there are also several disadvantages we should be aware of. Distractions from family, children or pets being the biggest issue we come across. Also, walking two feet from our bedroom to our office means we don’t get the exercise we should – and we’re increasingly becoming an unhealthy industry. It also means you lead a distinctly lonely work day – and without a boss breathing down your neck you’re more apt to goof off on the internet.

Even with all of these disadvantages – I still wouldn’t trade it for any other job in the world, nor would I bother with paying the high costs of renting an office space. Instead, I’ve aimed to become more productive and turn these into non-issues. How can you do it?


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Being a freelancer means you often have complete freedom on where to work. However, we tend to stay at home and work from our beds, dining room tables, a corner in our room, or if we’re lucky enough, a whole room dedicated as an office. What we mostly do not do, is leave our home to work in a separate office or co-working space.

Working from home comes with several advantages after all – no overhead, free range of the kitchen, no dress code and the ability to sleep as late as we want and stroll from the bedroom to our computer.

However, there are also several disadvantages we should be aware of. Distractions from family, children or pets being the biggest issue we come across. Also, walking two feet from our bedroom to our office means we don’t get the exercise we should – and we’re increasingly becoming an unhealthy industry. It also means you lead a distinctly lonely work day  – and without a boss breathing down your neck you’re more apt to goof off on the internet.

Even with all of these disadvantages – I still wouldn’t trade it for any other job in the world, nor would I bother with paying the high costs of renting an office space. Instead, I’ve aimed to become more productive and turn these into non-issues. How can you do it?

Distractions From Family & Pets Leer más “The (Dis)Advantages of Working From Home”

Magnetic Small Biz Brand: Raising CEO Kids

Name: Sarah L. Cook
Business Name: Raising CEO Kids
Niche: Parenting and entrepreneurship
Target Market: Parents of children who are or potentially want to be in business or parents who want their children to understand business, finance and life skills
Website: http://www.RaisingCEOKids.com

1. What are the three words that best decsribe your business brand?

Young, Bold, Creative

2. What is your business’ strongest feature? What makes you stand out?

The strongest feature in our business is consistent delivery of excellent content in the area of parenting young entrepreneurs and raising financially smart confident kids. Every day except for Sunday there is at least one new article on our site. In less than 14 months we have put together nearly 500 articles, two teleconferences, several online courses and monthly tweet chats.


Name: Sarah L. Cook
Business Name: Raising CEO Kids
Niche: Parenting and entrepreneurship
Target Market: Parents of children who are or potentially want to be in business or parents who want their children to understand business, finance and life skills
Website: www.RaisingCEOKids.com

1. What are the three words that best decsribe your business brand?

Young, Bold, Creative

2. What is your business’ strongest feature? What makes you stand out?

The strongest feature in our business is consistent delivery of excellent content in the area of parenting young entrepreneurs and raising financially smart confident kids.  Every day except for Sunday there is at least one new article on our site.  In less than 14 months we have put together nearly 500 articles, two teleconferences, several online courses and monthly tweet chats. Leer más “Magnetic Small Biz Brand: Raising CEO Kids”