Runway bully

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

During an event I went to recently, I’ve encountered another form of bullying and I’ve contemplated whether to blog about or not, but for the sake of it, here it is, a tiny little story.

Whenever I get invited to shows and events, PR/show coordinators have a designated sitting for us (the media/bloggers), but lately I find it tougher to get good photos when sitting on the sides, resulting less material to present on my blog. During a particular show, I decided to sit right in front of the runway, they usually call it the media pit where army of photographers and videographers gather.

Vancouver’s Fashion industry is rather small, therefore you usually see a lot of familiar faces. I’ve made friends with a lot of the photographers and they are usually very kind to offer me to be in the very front because I’m super tiny anyways, and I won’t be blocking their view of the runway, but suddenly, a bigger guy squeezed himself in front of the media pit a minute before the show started — and told me “Can I sit here?”

I told him yes because at that time he was just sitting beside me, 10 seconds later he moved a foot forward and when doing my test shots, his elbow is now in my way. I nicely asked him to move back a bit because he is now going over the media pit mark, and he said “I’m shooting for ***** newspaper, is that ok?” in a very arrogant way. I said “that doesn’t make a difference” — and the other photographers agreed. A well known international photographer then stood up and immediately put him in the right place.

I do not understand why some people think they are more important than others. Even if you are shooting for bigger magazines, you do not need to rub it in people faces. If he must get a better view of the runway, a modest approach would’ve been greatly appreciated. I’m probably the most accommodating person when it comes to things like that.

I guess the lesson here is, be modest at all times, it can get you a long way. Also, know what you are worth and don’t let anyone make you feel less than that.