When you own your own business there is an incredible temptation to say yes to every job offered to you. I mean you have bills to pay and a family to take care of, you have to make money right? The video above is what finally changed my view on this. One day I received a phone call and was told they needed a camera op, AC, gaffer, our RED package and 1 ton grip truck. Sounds great, right? That would be a nice little paycheck for Whisper for just a days worth of work. Well turns out by camera op they meant Director of Photography (which are 2 totally different roles) and also a day meant a 16 hour day with no overtime (which typically it’s 12 hrs) and also by pay they meant we would actually have to pay for doing this job. The company claimed that the hard drive (that we were not asked to provide but provided anyway because they didn’t bring one to set) was dropped (by their crew) and was not recoverable. So they couldn’t pay for a video they didn’t have. So for this video Whisper had to pay $1,000 out of pocket and lose our time of working that 16 hr day. Not exactly the best day of work.
All that to say, that is not what I regret most. Watch this video…. does it look anything like what Whisper stands for or what we are pursuing with our company? Our goal is to tell stories that change the way people view the world, inspiring action and change. Does this video come close to that goal? If we continue down the path of just creating videos for anyone and everyone who calls where is that going to take us? We have to take a stand and pursue what we are called deep in our hearts to do.
Thank you all for supporting us on this journey.