I've been fortunate to do a lot of film in the past and I've had my fair share of scammy people try to get me to do things. You haven't lived until you've been in the middle of a room with someone trying to force pressure sell you a vacation. But in those times, I've become pretty good at spotting a scam or two, and if it feels too good to be true, it probably is. References are the best things to check before you work with someone. In most communities, there are gatekeepers. These are people who know the people in town and whether or not you should work with them. You should make it your first priority to get to know the gatekeepers as soon as you possibly can. These are the people that can verify pretty much anyone. If you're going to do film, always figure out at least three to four people who are working on the film. Then find out their confidence in the director and his work. Always have a contract, no matter who you are or if they have been your friend for fifty years. It always makes things easier, because it defines the temporary relationship. And lastly, use your common sense and listen to your gut. If your gut tells you that you shouldn't do it, then listen to it. Hopefully this basic blog will help you avoid scams in the future!
What are your best tips in avoiding scams?
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