I came across this THR report yesterday over Paramount’s negotiations with Mel Gibson‘s Braveheart budget. Apparently, the studio’s initial offer was lower than Mel’s expectations for what he would need to shoot the film. So, during a meeting with Paramount, when he was told how much money they were willing to put up, Mel went nuclear, as he usually does:
Gibson was furious. “He grabbed a large glass ashtray and threw it through the wall,” recalls agent Jeff Berg. “He threw the ashtray through the wall!”
The actor-director confirmed the incident. “I was like, ‘What the f-ck do you people mean? I turned down three jobs — blah, blah, blah.’ I was kind of upset, probably a little over the top. It was all posturing bullsh-t.”
A week later, Paramount revised its offer, putting up one-third of the budget and taking a lower distribution fee.
The way I read the anecdote, it’s being told as a success story. Especially the way the piece ends, like this:
Braveheart would go on to win five Oscars, including best picture and best director nods for Gibson.
The way it’s postured here is that Mel fought for the film. And it was his commitment and passion that got him to produce the iconic movie.
Sorry, but I don’t want to donate money to your husband’s hockey fundraiser or your kid’s school this year or any year. It’s not because I can’t afford it, but it’s because I find it all too invasive and impersonal. It makes for some awkward conversation when you’re standing across my desk and shoving the donation box in my face, but won’t leave my office when I’ve clearly indicated that I’m not interested in donating.
To me, the work place is not the place or environment to be asking for money of any kind. Call me a skeptic, but how do I know the fundraiser is legit and not used as a front to pay for the vacation that we all know you will be going on next week?
Plus, some people can’t afford it and don’t want to be put on the spot like they’re they bad guy for not shelling out the money they earned.
What would you do in this case? Any advice on how to respond diplomatically?
And I honestly mean it. In your current job or your past job, were you hired because of your race? I highly doubt any employer or hiring manager would admit to that, because discrimination to other candidates and racial profiling.
Is it discrimination or good business practice when a bank only hires people who can speak both English and Chinese because the bank is located in a heavy Chinese-speaking community?
Rejection is a raging bitch with horns. Even if you know it’s coming or even if you are prepared for it, it’s still demoralizing to hear or see it get confirmed. You’re basically told you’re not good enough to continue moving on.
My first experience with rejection came at 22. It was in a professional setting at my first proper full-time adult gig. It was an office that was made up of five people. So everyone knew everyone’s business. I was always the last to know anything – just like my layoff.
The reason was the down-sizing excuse, thus my services were no longer needed.
Damn! There are a ton of job fairs around the world. It’s like a candy store for the unemployed. I wanted to include more cities and countries in this list, but then that would mean that all the good jobs would go to you guys because I am sitting behind my computer finding these job fairs for you all. Yes, I am petty that way. To start, I will stick with North American job fairs and then work my way into adding more countries. Please bear with me and this extremely condensed list as I figure out what cities to add.
In the mean time, clean up your resume, bathe, get a hair cut, and put on your best interview outfit. It’s job hunting time.
Who: Toronto Job Fair When: Friday, March 11, 2016 – 1 pm to 5 pm Where: One King West Hotel – 1 King St. West
Who: Ottawa Job Fair When: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 – 1 pm to 4 pm Where: Westin Hotel Ottawa – 11 Colonnel By Drive
Who: Fredericton Job Fair When: Thursday, March 17, 2016 – 1 pm to 4 pm Where: Delta Fredericton Hotel – 225 Woodstock Rd.