San Diego, CA- An incredibly rude Asian photographer and wedding party took over my juggling spot in front of the pond in Balboa Park as I was just starting a show effectively canceling the 4:00 show.
Yes it happened again and to be honest I was so upset I could not manage to get a card or a photo of the photographer. Because as upset as I was I still honor the fact that this is the wedding day but in my decades of performing on and off at the park this was by far the rudest group I have ever encountered.
I was literally starting my show when I turned around and they were actually physically moving my equipment. Exactly, now on a professional set if you touch anyone else's gear it’s highly objectionable if not fireable. Then they spent not just take 5-10 min to take a photo or two and move on but spent 20-30 minutes in the actual spot effectively canceling the 4:00 show.
Normally a courteous professional would ask permission, take a little time to take a few shots and move on or they set up off to the side of the show and cheat the shot. Which being in the industry I can tell you is totally possible.
In retrospect if I had been calmer I would have actually asked for this guys card and posted this event with a name. Instead I have only a description of an Asian semi- professional photographer with glasses. Yeah that is a stereotype but thats what he looked like.
I also wonder if their rudeness was allowable since I was a fellow asian, I really wonder if it would have been different if I were a tall white guy or a buff black guy? Hmmmm.
I just realize that some people still view street performers as street urchins. But when a fellow would-be proffesional video/photo operator treats you that way it's a little upsetting especially when you have produced multiple live events, video and photo productions.
David Kamatoy is an Entertainer, Entrepreneur and Email Marketing Master his company Kamatoy Media Group is a media and business development company that produces media for websites, events and yes even weddings.