We ooh and ahh at beautiful ads shot with beautiful models (the not so beautiful ones are known as talents), and we gasp at the huge budgets thrown at such creations, but there’s a community out there that scoffs at sentences containing both the words ‘money’ and ‘advertising’.
You see, just like A-list
Recently, one such artiste, who previously did a shoot for a large furniture brand, was heard saying he was surprised to find the ad being aired in places such as cinemas and on cable channels because he only signed off on being exposed on terrestrial TV.
When he found out he was being short changed, he had to go as far as to threaten legal action before he was paid the extra royalties from the additional media buys. The tricky thing he encountered, was finding out which parties to go after for the money.
Artiste --> artiste management firm --> production house --> creative agency --> media agency --> client
I don’t know exactly where he went to get his money in the end, but it wasn’t the artiste management firm, because it couldn’t care less its artistes were being exploited.
I’m quite sure such occurrences are common place -- especially since so many players are involved, it is easy to neglect to pay the face of your commercials a couple of thousand dollars.
But I just wanted to give a voice to the neglected talents whom we depend on to create hype for our brand but who are then tossed aside once the shoot’s over. Yes, they’re wheeled and dealed like commodities (aren’t service providers all) so the least we could do is pay them fairly.