Also I know if I take a job for less than I want monetarily I’ll be resentful. Maybe
I’ve lost some jobs along the way by asking for a certain amount of money and not
budging on it but I know that as someone who hires people I always want to give
them what they think they’re worth.
Because the job requires working intensely with people for periods of time, Kate has the
ability to read people and could tell in advance that she would not be working for this
I went in to interview with somebody for a staff job once. We sat down in his office
and he was all backlit. I couldn’t see him. He was in silhouette. I said could you
close the blinds because you are all backlit? I can’t see your face. I don’t think that
went over so well. But in that instant, I decided to be totally who I was.
Kate has worked as an executive producer on projects ranging from the Olympics to
Raising Sextuplets. She talks about how freelancers shift to fit an employer, assignment,
work culture or a new collaborative partner:
You have to read who’s hiring you before going in to talk to them. You do your
research on them, check out their credits, their career path. And then, of course, I
will know what my subject is and adapt. I’ll have a different attitude for a show that is
about six babies than a world championship or figure skating. I’m sure this is true in
all professions; you have to know who’s going to employ you. As a freelancer, you
have to adapt and learn what is ahead of you or else you won’t make a great first
The adaptation required for all freelancers to understand the culture you are entering. It
does not mean you switch your identity but it is akin to respecting cultural nuances before
entering a country as a visitor. Therapist, coach, and consultant Harlene Anderson uses the
host-guest metaphor to suggest that fostering a partnership requires “meeting and greeting
a client in a manner that communicates they are welcomed and respected” (Anderson &
Gehart, 2007, p. 45). The freelancer, an invited guest, must be respectful of their host and
use it as an opportunity to learn from them and then must be performatively flexible to
switch roles and serve as educator, adviser or collaborator.
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