deliver on your promises
Updated: Apr 25, 2018
Nothing gets on my nerves more than when someone tells me that they will meet me at a specified time, then proceeds to show up 30 minutes or more late! I am a very punctual person, if I say I'll be there at 1 pm, you can bet your ass, I'll be there at 1 pm sharp.
When you make a commitment to someone, you keep it, period. No excuses, no games. As a filmmaker this is highly important. My clients rely on me to show up when I say I will, their time is important to me, and I don't like wasting it. They also expect me to deliver the final film to them on time and on schedule. I know my skill set, I know how long it takes to do certain tasks, and I set realistic goals to meet the deadlines I set. I make it a point to hit every single deadline I set for myself.
I see people who are late for appointments, meetings, etc. as highly disrespectful to those they are meeting / working with. In my mind, it degrades my professional opinion about you right out of the gate, and that's not a good thing. Your reputation is everything and it takes more time and effort to regain any trust that might be lost, and the worst case scenario is your client cuts you loose and finds someone who values their time and product.
Trust and respect is EARNED, not given. I am a huge believer in that. Respect your clients enough to put them first and foremost on your agenda when you are working on their project. When you show up on time, and deliver a top tier product when you say you will, that client will remember that effort and hopefully pass your name along to others. Deliver on your promises, be nice to people and the sky is the limit to what you can achieve!