Clients from Hell

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I’m the staff videographer in the marketing department of a multi-million dollar organization. A few...

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I’m the staff videographer in the marketing department of a multi-million dollar organization. A few weeks ago, I showed up to a project meeting with the head of another department only to have him tell me that he had recruited a student intern to produce this particular video for him. He made it clear that she (the intern) was supposed to run the show, but it would be a good idea for me to supervise, especially since she might need to use some of our gear. I was insulted, but shrugged it off because hey – it was one less project, and the department was notoriously difficult to work with.

I spent the day of the shoot setting up the company gear for the intern to film the cringe-worthy script that she and the department head had agreed on. Only after we packed up was I informed that since the intern didn’t own a computer, she would need to schedule time in-between her classes to come to my office and use my computer to edit the video. Despite the complete absurdity of this request, I’ve spent the last three mornings awkwardly sitting in the guest chair of my own office watching a college student (who very clearly has zero editing experience) struggle to do my job for me.

I now have less faith in my company’s competence than they apparently have in mine.


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