He also had the 'reputation' of not honouring the agreed performance time. He would book me for an 8.40pm slot which in fact my performance time reflected in the program is 9.30pm. This is taboo for us artiste especially if we have subsequent bookings.
Being a hungry new artist, i continued working with the company until the last draw when J failed to arrange transport back from a Malacca show, which I repeatedly reminded him to. Worse, he had urged me to accept a lower rate claiming he had many more such shows across the causeway, and would promote me if I did this one well.
It has been some 10 years already since I stopped working with him. Recently I received an sms from him and this ensued (compressed version):
J: "Hi! How are you? Can you do a show for me on.......(date)?"
Me : "Can......but time depends where"
J : "Suntec...how much will that be?"
Me : "I can only do 8.20pm (based on venue). $x dollars."
J : "Can you do at 8.45pm and can you consider $y(lower) since it's our ice-breaking collaboration after years of non working together?"
Me : "Time wise can't adjust as next show fixed time already. Rates rather fixed, I'm under an agent."
J : "Do consider $y as I have a lot of overseas project."
Me : "Apologise. Not even given this price to seasoned supporters. Maybe subsequent bookings can work out slightly better rate for you."
J : (tone of sms getting less friendly) "As mentioned, we do have lots of projects & could commit more regular partnership. I can even put you up for overseas program including greater China"
I didn't reply to that last sms, but few days later, from me (& it's true):
"Sorry, 8.20 slot taken already"
remember the ex-colleague who fooled me? so she had decided on her own to miss the last salary submission/payment day of the month because she had been working elsewhere (by her own admission in her resignation letter). Seems like now she couldn't wait and has been telling the whole world she's NOT getting paid! Allo! I figured u had missed telling them u had faked family problems as an excuse too yah? I should have heed some people's advice plus my gut feel about u. Sigh! Some things never change. And to think i can be nice enough to give u a thumb drive for x'mas seeing that u keep borrowing from others!