ATTN: MATURE CONTENT.
You’ve landed yourself a massive contract with a artist that is going to open up so many doors for you! FINALLY! But you’ve just received an un-nerving message from your managing director or the artist etc.
“I can make you famous but first could you…..”
“I can get you a lot more work if you…….”
Anonymous has shared their experience: “I worked with an international artist as someone who worked behind the scenes.
When I got to the set I realised that the dancers that were working on this music video were all my friends. This made me feel a lot better about my role. Due to not being alone with people I had never worked with before. I was really nervous due to the fact it was my first professional music video.
As the day went on the dancers eventually notified the artist I was also a singer/dancer. The artist then approached me and asked me to send his producer a demo. A few days later I received a call from his producer as he really liked my voice, so I agreed to meet up in the studio to record with the artist. I got to the studio as all was good we worked really well together. a few days later we decided to jump back into the studio and finish the song we had been working on. I realised that day that the artist was getting a little too close for comfort and I felt extremely uncomfortable as he kept calling and messaging me after the studio session to go on dinner dates, beach adventures, weekend trips away etc etc... So as I wasn't conformable or interested in that as I just wanted to keep things professional as the artist had wanted more then just a feature in his song. So being the professional that I am I naturally didn't want to work with him again. This led me to start ignoring phone calls and politely shut down the invitations for the studio time as I was too busy with other work.
Moral of the story, keep things professional within the industry.”
To ANYONE working in the performing arts industry, it is IMPERATIVE that you are aware of the snakes lurking in the grass. Not all managers and artists have your best interest at heart. Some employees only see dollar signs and objects.
Keep your wits about you..
Stay STRONG MINDED. Do not under any circumstance sell yourself short.
Never be scared to politely decline an offer if you’re feeling harassed. When one door closes, another one will always open.
Learn to discern wether they are being nice to you, or harassing you. Hold your integrity within the performance industry. Understand that it can happen, and that it is up to you how you handle yourself.
Remember, they hired you. They need you to fulfil the creative vision!
ATTN: To any potential employers/artists we may work with in the future.
Do not take professional performers for granted. We are stronger than you think we are. We will not stand for harassment. If you have ulterior motifs in hiring us, you can keep the contract and the money. We will NOT be signing on the dotted line.
Written by Stephanie Cheah and Anon.