I was recently contacted by a traveling model about setting up a shoot while she was in my area. We discussed ideas, rates, length of shoot, location of shoot (my studio), date and time, escort presence, etc. After agreeing on all of the above we were all set when the day before the shoot...... (Here comes the drama)
I got a message saying that she hadn't slept well two nights before our shoot. She wants to know if she can push out start time out a little because she would still be tired. I told her we really couldn't move it much because of prior commitments.
Then I got a message that her car had broken down. An hour later the car was fixed but they were now 5 hours behind so she was hoping we could move the start time for our shoot by a few hours. I told her I couldn't because of previous commitments.
Then she asked me how long we were actually going to shoot AND if I had any flexibility on the start time.
At this point I began to really suspect something. My guess was that she had another booking for the same morning, probably paying more and she was trying to move mine so that she could take the more attractive booking. Unfortunately, I didn't have any flexibility to go later.
So I nicely suggested to her that if something had come up, she simply take it and not worry about it.
She replied asking again how long I wanted to shoot and that she was trying hard to "work things out". I'm thinking to myself that we already have everything worked out but whatever.
So I responded that we'd discussed the length of the shoot at the beginning of our thread.
She didn't understand the term thread and came back with some frustration and asked why I wouldn't "answer a simple question".
I explained what a thread was and pointed out the details from earlier in our discussion. I then went on to suggest that she was probably tired and frustrated running on lack of sleep and dealing with a problematic car and that maybe it was better to plan for another time. I went on to point out that the work we were booking wasn't worth all the stress she was undergoing, etc.
Then, later, after the time for our planned shoot (probably after the one that bumped my time slot) I got a cordial but distant reply.
However, I booked a local girl I'd been wanting to shoot for a while. She was available in that same time slot. And I was BLOWN away. She was incredible. I was SO pleased to have been dissed by the original model and have the opportunity to shoot with the local gal. What a wonderful experience.