when a Tv or movie come to shooting,before foreigner come to acting,the price already fixed by producer.some team can be generosty,but actually all film makes team,they always try to force price down.as a agent,if the boss can pay more money,I will be happy.it;s make my work more easier.but it's impossible,they won't pay too much for some guys who unknown,not professional actor.besides compare with Chinese extra,foreign extra is 10-20 times more than Chinese extra.
remember,the money not from agent,it;s from the boss,the company or film make people.
when the price fixed,if one day,some unexpectable things happen,at that day,nothing I can do for the fixed price.after this situation happen,I would go to talk with producer,renegociate with him,if he agree,naxt time we can get a new price,if he didn't agree,just wish naxt film can be better.
many foreigner never acting before,so they don't know the shooting work.usually before the acting,the assistant director can tell me a about hours.but it's according the originally script and experience.anythings could happen unexpectable and make the times change,traffic jam,camera broken,director decide add some part at set,someone acting many times still didnt make director satisfy,rain,some other mistake made by crew....all these things,even if a talent agent,a professional actor can't know before the work finish.
foreigner always like ask how long? usually,I ask assistant director,after he told me,I told foreigner.so when the time longer,foreigner blame to me,said I cheat him.some foreigner's mind really so simply.why didn't try to think,I just in the middle,the shooting work not I can control.
the about times,sometime we guess right,sometime not.we never know exactly before finish work.
actually as a agent,I spend more time than foreigner,before get a Tv movie,commercial,I have to build social network in these entertament company.spend time and money on it.before shooting,casting,talk with many people,make their CV and send to assistant director.in the whole acting process,company with these foreign extra,translate and help them carry some value personal stuff.when the work finish ask the guy at set,assistant director,producer sign,and bring the paper for get money from account,insure we can get money in time,and everyone can get money.
foreigner just worry if he can get money from me.but I have to worry if we can get money form the company.
actually I have these kind of experience before.
last year,a wedding dress show.chen work with me,a guy from the company saw she talk with some photographyer during work time.so the manager said we broken the contract,before he said don't worry,he just cut chen's money,but finally he cut all of us money for that day.it's not my fault,but I still have to acting tough and negociate with the guy.if I just acting weak,we will lost money.
a wood floor commercial,before they want a Russia girl,but after I told her price,she said she don't want do it.I have to respect her view.so I find another Italian girl replace her.because this girl relly look like her,only 10cm different.from 5a.m to naxt day 9a.m I was at set work with the girl,but when the work finish,the guy refuse pay my money.he though the Russia girl didn't come because I play trick.but it;s not.anyway,after so tired work,naxt day,I go to set again ask him pay money,he knock me down!
2006,a Tv come to shooting,the assistant director always bossy me,one day,I can't bear that,said something,he suddenly refuse sign,withou the sign I can't get money,I beg him,fallow with him everywhere at the set,but he insist refuse pay,finally I went to meet the boss.but still he cut 50%money.
the client I can't piss off,they are boss who pay money,the foreigner always complain to me.although some mistake not I make.but they put all fault to me.
I have met an Englishman,Oli,he is very nice guy,he said he can understand my situation,and he always match the shooting work,the assistant director said,if every foreigner can be nice as Oli,he will so happy.before he marry with a Chinese girl,her friends and relative worry about her,because in many Chinese people mind,foreign guy in China is playboy.but after they know Oli,they didn't worry anymore.he is so nice friend I have met.unfortunately,now he move to Thailand.
some foreigner seems so crazy,if he is under 18 years old,I can understand he need grow up.but if over 18,I think he must lack of social and people experience.these foreigner like a foreign friend told me:loser.
a successful and mature man won't insult to someone he not exactly know.and really know the power of treat people nice.