Ashton wants to know if it’s okay to bring her significant other on location—
I have a 3 day gig coming up next week – the shoot is taking place 3 hours outside my city so I’m getting put up for the duration. My husband works from home and thought it would be fun to have a little change of scenery for work, even if it is hunkered in a hotel room (it’s right on the beach so that’s a plus) and I figure there’s no harm in him being there – we’ll be out shooting all day and he’ll just keep to himself at the hotel.
But I’ve never been in this situation, am I correct in thinking it’s not a problem? I’m not sure anyone would even have any idea he was there if I didn’t mention it but I don’t know if I should ask the coordinator if it’s cool or at least mention he’ll be around? Any insights would be great! Thanks!
It’s almost certainly not a problem to bring your SO on location, as long as he’s not renting pay-per-view movies or raiding the minifridge on the company dime while you’re shooting.
Still, this is one of those times when you should ask anyway. You should never be superstitious when someone else is footing the bill. The rumor mill being what it is, it’ll get out before long that you’ve got a dude in your room. That’ll eventually get back to the coordinator or UPM, who’ll want to know what else you’re doing to your hotel room and not telling them.
A quick call will do wonders: “Hey, do you mind if my husband stays in my hotel room with me? He’ll buy his own plane ticket, of course; he just thought it’d be fun to come out.” Nine times out of ten, they’ll approve it.
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Be sure to prepare your SO for life on location, however. You’re going to be shooting twelve hour days, plus meals, travel time, and whatever prep and wrap you have to do. You’re not going to be in any mood for any of that sweet vacation nookie, because for you, this isn’t a vacation.
I made this mistake with my SO on a shoot in Vegas. I was there for three weeks, and my SO came over on the “weekends.” Except, we were shooting six days weeks, and on the seventh day, TAPA rested. SO spent most of the time watching HBO while I snored away on the bed, and using my per diem to buy meals I didn’t even eat.