I'm in LA right now casting for some upcoming spots.
My producer is of the old school and, oddly enough in this day and age, we are doing things the right way. That is, not on the cheap.
We are out here for call backs--we aren't making selects according to video we watch online. And we are meeting face-to-face with the director to finalize our cast.
Along the way, there are some niceties that seem to be relics of a bygone era. We're staying at a sumptuous hotel. And we are eating every heirloom tomato that comes within three yards of us.
The world has grown into a meaner place during my lifetime.
Most companies look aggressively for ways to be cheaper--to not pay people a living wage. Or to threaten them with dismissal because they make too much.
The pendulum has swung a long way back from the halcyon days of the 60s and 70s.
Over the next few weeks I will easily bill 80 hours a week shooting these spots and in post-production.
The way I look at it, I've earned a few nights on 800-count sheets.