Hi guys, just want to share my experience here.

Nov 27, 2012
This guy, with 9 years of experience, in the wedding line actually booked me as a videographer for the 16th of April 2016 and told me to have a meeting for today, 14th of April 2016. And out of the blues, he canceled the meeting and now said he do not need me anymore.

I was fine with that, but what angered me is that he actually offered me $5/hr for an OPERATING CAM B videographer. How is that helping our industry? I thought 9 years of experience would assist this guy in being wiser.

Some quotes from him:

"By the way, if you are smart, next time, if you have other offers, don't decline first unless you are confirmed that you have a project on hand. Thats how I practise for the last 9 years. Anyway, I dont understand why you decline 3 offers when you have not even confirm that I'm engaging you. If I were you, I take up which ever offers comes first. "

Wow. You booked me, gave me a meeting date, which was a day before the shoot and you expect me to take other jobs? I practice sincerity.

".. Ok, my main videographer actually done a few weddings so I thought by having assistant, he will be more confident. Because for me,one videographer is actually enough all along and to have assistant, I only task them to shoot only during nikah and bertandang (solemnisation and actual wedding). Thats y I dont need so much footage. Usually I ask them to swap as main and as assistant. My kind of assistant is not like other company where they shoot concurrently all the way thats y I don't want my assistant to cover so much like other company. That's y i'm not paying extra for assistant. Maybe other company do that because they are not capable as my company do. I hope you dont get me wrong. If you want to be assistant, im only paying $5/hr so my main videographer gets $20/hr. "

$5/hr? Let's see:
Cheapest 5dmkii and the cheapest lens 50mm f1.8: $1.5k
It will take 300 hours to cover back. Hmmm.

Just for you info guys. I hope our industry would evolve from this mediocrity. Thank you.



Staff member
Apr 26, 2008
Originally posted in Services Wanted, moved thread here instead.


New Member
Mar 6, 2010
He advertise 25 / hr for main ... How come now become 5 assistant 20 main.....


Senior Member
Dec 29, 2008
East Coast
TS you were dealing with a male or female? In the profile listed in CS the gender is listed as "female" :confused:

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New Member
Jan 29, 2002
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Dude I dunno how to say this..... if people book you collect deposit but at that kinda price do you really want to do it ? If you want experience I suppose you could bugger your circle of friend and offer to be a 2nd unpaid video guy... that how some of us started not with paid gigs. When you deal with non pro people this is what results - by non pro I mean people who do not operate like a business professional, but are still shooting on side (still have day job kind). As I understand it Malay weddings are normally not high priced gigs .... gone are the days where some will pay 2Kplus for photocopier but its like 2 day plus cover plus prints or plus photo book album. Er rereading I do not understand where you beef is at :-
1. he offered and you accepted $5 per hour as assistant video man ?
2. he confirm booking and then back out ? Actually reading what he say he do not really need an assistant if his main video guy can do it - so big question is why he even bother.


Senior Member
Sep 24, 2008
Hi TS.
Hope you will learn a lesson.
If someone pay peanut, you no need to be their monkey.
This guy give you a peanut. That is why he treated you like a monkey.

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