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Old October 23rd, 2003, 03:44 PM   #1
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OK, the title may be a little misleading... :)

I'm wondering if anyone here, in any walk of the video or photo or media circles, ever uses their occupation to get free stuff?

For example, my dad is a writer/journalist and gets loads of free things, from dinners to electronics for reviews, to occasional trips, to free passes for events and such, depending on what he is writing.

Does anyone in this type of business ever get stuff like that? And if so, how?

My motive in asking is that I'll be back in Florida in December and I want to go to Disneyland free. Trying to figure out how I can.
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Old October 23rd, 2003, 03:47 PM   #2
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Old October 23rd, 2003, 03:49 PM   #3
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Old October 23rd, 2003, 03:50 PM   #4
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Just an idea - never done it: Tell them you are doing a Documentary and need to research the park...of course embellish the story more than that. Then, after you research, tell them that you ran out of funds.

Just an idea. I don't know any other way to get free stuff in a business other than lying, or rather bending the truth a little, or just flat out demanding something from someone or company. I would like to know how too. I am no sales-person/sweet-talker and could also use the help. Oh, and I don't have the best luck in the world...fancy that!
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Old October 23rd, 2003, 04:05 PM   #5
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Well, I don't want to outright lie about it.
And I definitely don't want a J O B ! (thanks Keith ;)

I could do a short documentary piece, not a bad idea.

Other thoughts?
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Old October 23rd, 2003, 04:25 PM   #6
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Yeah, I hate lying, that's why I gave you the idea...because I could never do it...but a short doc would be cool...make sure it's a "behind the scenes" doc about the office life of upper management...they'll be the one's with the ability to give you the most stuff!
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Old October 27th, 2003, 04:04 PM   #7
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stay at a hotel that includes a "free " pass ??
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Old October 27th, 2003, 04:12 PM   #8
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Old October 28th, 2003, 02:09 AM   #9
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Dylan,

In my experience, "free" is usually anything but. I get wined and dined all the time with my day job...but only in exchange for time to listen to what they want to say--which often goes well beyond a dinner and can turn into numerous meetings, e-mails, telephone calls. And freebies come with the same hitch...giving time in exchange, or promises to do trial runs, give feedback, etc.

So before accepting freebies, I always weigh whether I'm willing to "get into bed" with this person--so to speak. ;)
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Old October 29th, 2003, 08:01 AM   #10
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There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

You wind up paying, one way or another.

Includes amusement parks -- pay the two dollars!
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Old October 29th, 2003, 08:39 AM   #11
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Chris, I don't know the last time you've been to Disney, but it's a bit more than two bucks now. You aren't dating yourself, are you? (j/k)

Thanks for the advice so far guys. Will let you know what happens.
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