The Unwanted Job of Curating a Blacklist

Some people you just don’t want to work with ever again. Evan Luzi describes the cathartic black list – people who you do not want to cross paths with again.

He never even knew it happened. I didn’t tell him and, as far as I know, he has never found out. What effect it’s had on him, if any, I’m not even sure of.

But adding him to my blacklist was something I needed to do — because I never wanted to work with him again.

And that’s what my blacklist is full of: directors, producers, crew, production companies, and rental houses that I would be happy to never encounter in my professional life again.

It may sound petty, but maintaining a blacklist has helped me miss some sketchy shoots and avoid crew that would ultimately steer my career in the wrong direction.

Plus, I’m not the only one keeping a list like it. And, in all likelihood, I’m probably on a few myself.

How do you know if you’re on a blacklist? Short of somebody telling you they never want to work with you again, it’s hard to say. Often the blacklist is a silent, mental catalog of crew whose reasons for being included range from petty to profound.

But a clue may be to think about who’s on your blacklist: if their name comes up and you get disgusted at the thought of seeing them again (professionally, at least), they’re on your blacklist — whether you knew you had one or not.

Another way of putting it is: your blacklist is full of crew you don’t think are the “right people” to work with. In fact, they’re the opposite of everything you stand for in your job.

It’s hard to imagine you don’t inspire those emotions in at least a few people — even if it’s unintended.

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