My aunt recruited 14-year-old me as a videographer for the church’s theater performance of the “Passion of Christ” at the church. There were three cameras: two were owned by the church and stayed mostly still once they were set up on either side of the stage, and I brought a camera with me to get a dynamic front view of the stage. The play went off without a hitch, all the cameras worked to perfection, and I was all set to hand off the flash drive with the video file from my camera to the pastor.
Client: Thank you so much for doing this for us. Now on the topic of payment…
Me: Oh I wasn’t expecting payment for this, just tell my aunt that I had fun!
Client: Oh no you misunderstand, YOU need to pay US.
Me: What? Why?
Client: Rental fees for the 2 cameras of course! What did you think we would let you use them for free? 3 hours of use means you owe us $30!
Me: You mean to tell me that you want me to pay for the use of cameras owned by the church, to use within the church, to make a video for the church, of a play performed by the church?
Me: …Tell my aunt I will call her tomorrow, I’m going home.