Happy Tuesday folks! How was your weekend? I myself had a nice and quiet one this time around. The most exciting thing I did was attend the 420 Games which was just a bunch of vendors giving out pot themed bags, mints, waters…yes I had a pot water. It was fucking atrocious. There’s a lot of cool stuff to put weed in, water should not be one of those. Just leave water alone everyone. It’s been working fine for centuries all on its own. There’s no need for all these new drops and elixirs to make water better. It was a fun event the only problem I had was that there was no actual smoking or bud present AND we bought $12 tickets online to go and when we got there it was it was free admission. What in the flying Fuck? Anyhow, let’s get into this shall we?
Today I want to rant about something that a good amount of people I work with do that might quite possibly be one of my biggest pet peeves and that is asking more than 1 person for the same thing. I don’t know why this is something people do. I don’t know if it’s exclusive to the Film Industry or if this happens in other lines of work. I don’t know where they learned this and I don’t know why they think it makes anything efficient but if you haven’t heard let me be the first to say that it most definitely doesn’t AT FUCKING ALL! It’s actually just the opposite. It’s a waste of man power. If you ask someone to go get you something then turn around and ask someone else to do the same task you are a nothing but an idiot, an asshole or a combination of the 2…a “assidiot” or “idiothole” if you will. How can a person not realize that by sending 2 people on the same mission you are having one of them work for absolutely nothing when they can be doing something else OR nothing at all for that matter. A.D’s are notorious for doing this and it almost always sends me off the deep end every time. They’ll ask a P.A for something and then turn around and ask another P.A for the same exact thing. Sending 2 bodies instead 1 to accomplish the same task is so easy to avoid yet I see it done all the time. Now some might argue that in the mist of all the insanity at times a person forgets that they had asked the first person and while I understand that I will remind you of something that I think we forget all the time, we’re just making entertainment folks. I know some of you like to pretend that what we do is of some dire importance to the world but it’s not. You work in the film industry to entertain people. There is NEVER a need to rush because rushing is what causes people to make mistakes. The only joy I find in this ridiculous request of sending 2 people on the same mission is that sometimes when they (A.D’s) pull stunts like this at times they will immediately need something else and in turn bone themselves because they just sent their 2 people on the same mission. If you time it just right and keep an eye on the person that sent 2 people out, you can catch their flustered face when they realize what they did. You would think that this would be enough for them to learn their lesson but no, usually people who do this will do it all the time and never see the error in their ways. Either that or they just don’t care.
I think I’ve used that Gif before but I really do love it. Hahahaha…A.D’s however aren’t the only ones guilty of doing this. The rest of the crew is far worse. I can’t even count the amount of times that I have actually seen with my own eyes someone ask a P.A to please get them say a water, they watch the P.A go off to get it and then turn to another P.A and ask for a water as well. I just generally need to know, as a human being, what is wrong with you? Seriously. Is it just a joke to you to waste people’s time or are you really so dense that you don’t understand how incompetent asking 2 people for the same thing is. I know that patience isn’t exactly a common practice in the film industry but maybe you should give it a try sometime. It’ll do wonders for your blood pressure. No one wants to die from stress at work everyone. I personally don’t want to die period but the last place I’d want it to happen is at work from getting stressed out. Please if you catch yourself doing this, STOP IT. The other excuse I get at times from people who I’ve confronted about doing this is that they say that they’ve asked P.A’s before and gotten nothing so they ask multiple people now just to make sure it gets done. Oh that’s just great, so you’re telling me because some P.A on some show forgot to bring you something, now to get back at him you’re going to make every P.A in the business do double the work. How about assessing the situation first and giving the person the benefit of the doubt before assuming they’re useless? Not every show is the same and not every crew person is the same.
Now something that is similar to this that is also very unhelpful and counterproductive and worth mentioning is people who ask someone to do something and then go and do it themselves. Just, why? Why would anyone, anywhere do this? Just don’t ask then or at the very least have a little respect and tell that person not to worry about it. I’ve worked with several A.Ds that ask me to do something and then go and take care it themselves and I’m left there mid way through the task looking like a dick. All it takes to fix simple problems like this is awareness. Just be aware of when and what you’re asking for as oppose to just immediately going for your walkie mic and asking for shit. It’s so bad with some people that they don’t even realize they said anything on the mic at times. Some people are just so use to asking for stuff that they involuntarily constantly have a hold of their mic ready to ask for anything anyone wants. Ultimately these 2 acts of idiocy I feel just adds unnecessary work time to some people and I just want to point it out in hopes that maybe if people become aware of it they can work on it. I don’t want people to to work more than they have to everyone. Don’t we put in enough hours aready without having 2 people do the same job?
Thanks for stopping by on another Tuesday here at We’re Not Rolling and reading some of my madness! Make sure to check out my latest Episode of The Toke Talking Podcast from yesterday. I had on friend and co-worker Joe Carroll and most the episode was Film Industry related. Have a fantastic week, don’t send 2 people to do the same job and I’ll talk to you all again on FRIDAY!