This is so my world. I get this all the time... please watch..
"You'll be on set for 12 hours but really you'll just be powdering and not using much makeup. Can you give me a 50% discount since you'll only be powdering for 12 hours?" (12 hours is 12 hours, I don't care how much freakin makeup I use!)
"Were doing this really fun shoot that I think you would really love to be a part of. We can't pay you but it will be really fun." (Because WORK IS FUN no matter how much you get paid???)
"You know I have alot of work coming in the future that you could be a part of, if you'll just work for nothing this time, we can totally make it up to you later, because this fab job is going to lead to so much more." (Run! I worked for this guy once, never saw him again. What happened to his bright gig filled future?)
"We'd be happy to pay your kit fee and feed you a lunch, but we've only budgeted for about 10% of your day rate." (Makeup is the first thing cut from any budget, next is your meal.)
"Were shooting a test (non paid photoshoot) at the Valley of Fire, we don't have a motorhome, a budget or water, but it would make a great addition to your portfolio. I see you've shot there before, but you've never shot there with me!" (No thanks, I have National Ad Campaign Tearsheets that were in GQ and Vogue and I got paid my full rate, as well as overtime, was hand delivered water frequently, and an air conditioned makeup trailer. Your fab idea isnt getting me out to the desert during the summer for anything less.)
(read with a Chinese accent) "Hi were a production company coming to U.S. from China, you give us recession rate?" (Last time I checked China wasn't in a recession???)
Don't get me wrong, I love my job, but it has it's pitfalls...