Chapter 4

Relationships and Reputations

YOUR REPUTATION AND CREDIBILITY

In a business where much of the deal-making and negotiations are verbal, your word and your reputation is EVERYTHING. The film industry is small. Everyone who is established can easily make contact with anyone else or can get the straight scoop by making a few calls. How much you are paid, your title on a project, how hard you work, how honest you are, how you treat people—there are no secrets. The business is populated by talkers. Even enemies communicate all the time. There is no place to hide. If you are seen as creative, reliable, capable, and easy to work with, you will find luck. If you are seen as difficult, a prima donna, high-strung, or irrational, you will be known ...

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