Producing : Building A Reliable Crew by Evan Rogers

Evan Rogers

Building A Reliable Crew

I've spent the last few years working with some amazing people, but some of my team have gone their own separate ways for their own reasons. In the time since, I've found it difficult to find reliability in some crew and even business partners and financiers. What are your thoughts when the people you rely on don't pull through, even though you're paying them?

Andrea Ruschin

It can be very difficult to find reliable crew, and heartbreaking when they move on to new opportunities that take them out of your sphere. The thing to remember is that you ultimately still have control in who you choose to work with when you're in a production, and you do not have to continue working with people who do not treat you or your production with the respect it deserves. Are you being honest (or as honest as one can be) with these people about your frustrations? Are they aware that they are not holding up their end of the bargain? Sometimes people simply don't know, and if they're told they aren't behaving reliably they then seize the opportunity to correct their error. Sometimes they are aware and simply don't care about the job, and that's its own host of problems. If it is the second option, that's when you start to debate your future working relationship with that person -- perhaps not on your current production, but certainly in future ones. Does this mean that you cannot give people a second chance if they have burned you even if you are being honest? No, but it does mean to do so with caution if they have burned you in the past. This is a business at the end of the day, and a level of professionalism is to be expected. I wish you the best of luck, and hope you can build yourself a new team that is equal (or better) to your old one!

Evan Rogers

Thanks a lot Andrea! I appreciate your input!

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