Throughout my career Ive been blessed to meet a lot of people in the entertainment industry. One of the easiest (& favourite) ways for me to see someones true colors, is how they treat the production crew on set.
I've worked with a lot of productions in the past 10 years, and funny enough, I fell in love with one wonderful man I worked with on a shoot years ago.. so you know, I have a soft spot for my production people, from the directors to the runners getting coffee. I try to make things easy and pleasant for everybody. These people work long hours & work hard to make something cool, and also help you put your name out there. So no matter how tired you are, the way you treat the crew says it all about you. I've seen it all. Some roll their eyes at directors, some would snap at the cameraman, some don't know when to say sorry or thank you. Some in the industry for 30 years, some.. not even a year. Some locally famous, some world renowned. So, I see this as a reminder no matter how successful I get, inshaAllah i pray I wont turn into a fame monster one day. --
So let me tell u about my time with Quincy Jones. He walks in, I was the 2nd last person he's doing this shoot with, & it was already dark outside. I imagine he'd been doing this all day. I imagine at his age, he's probably so tired. Still, he treated everybody in the room special- asks everybody how they are. He smiles. He lights up when an orange sorbet is handed to him and says "Ok im ready!" and off we go! What a spirit! So many things I got from him that day that I wish would've made it into the interview video.. So wise. So kind. So humble. He asked for me to play the piano, & with whatever minuscule skill I have, I played some basic chords. This is the world's greatest songwriter, musician, producer. But for some reason, I didn't feel embarrassed playing my stupid chords next to him. He said our responsibility as musicians/songwriters is to be humble. We borrowed this gift from God. It's not all ours, so use it wisely, be humble.
Thank you @quincydjones for showing us all how it is done. We can't all be as talented, but we can be just as kind now, cant we? Now where's that orange sorbet!!