Hi, i'm in a bit of a situation arising at the production house where i work ...
I work at a production house (approx 17 employees), im a salaried employee, etc. No, im not making the tall coin, a modest middle class life. My main job description is Audio Engineer/Composer ... so i write music for and mix radio spots, tv spots, corporate videos, learning aids, documentary films, etc. Not to mention, by default, i'm the web designer, web marketing coordinator, IT guy (i work/build/upkeep all the video suites and general office computers), i do field audio when needed, i produce, i edit video, i build graphics and 3d elements, author DVDs, etc, etc ... so i wear alot of hats ... ok ...
The situation arose today, producer from NBC needs a 4 man crew THIS weekend (like they didnt know about this shoot until today? ~~~~~~~s!) ... and i was asked to go do field audio, ok ... it is Father's Day weekend, i have a 4 yr old son who has talked about 'daddy day' for the last 2 months and have made plans for the entire weekend. So, i graciously asked to be excused and find a freelancer ($250 day rate for this guy). Well, i was given the third degree, and my job may be in jeapordy, or be repremanded ... who knows ... the situation is not good.
So i ask, when to draw the line? Is this a world i have been immune to for many years as a freelancer? This is the real world? You are salaried, you are a slave? I dont understand. I have worked MANY 60-80 weeks, i've taken one and many for the team ..... and recieve the same pay, regardless.
Us 'mouse jockeys' at work have come under alot of fire lately for not being ambitous about field production .... HELLO - that is not us! We have very specialized skills, those were the skills that brought us to where we are .. so yeah, it seems insulting to get this far and have to carry camera cases.
Also, i was recruited to this facility 2 yrs ago ... i moved my family and my whole life here because they wanted my skill set .... i doubt they went through all that work to hire a high priced grip.
Please, anyone with advice, am i being an artistic prude? Am i wrong? Should i be looking at my other options? I apologize, i know this is odd and this inst the Dr, Phil forum ... but im feeling pressure from there and at home, and need perspective!!