| ||i am thinking about writing a little booklet on how to deal with rich people|
Here's where I am coming from on this one - and let me know what you think... and be honest.
This idea is inspired by bad waiters. One time, a group of us were in a restaurant in Ohio that thought it was fine dining. The waiter actually would bow and click his heels together whenever you asked for something. "Could I have lemon slices with my water?" Response: "Excellent choice!" and then he would bow, click his heels together and waddle off like a penguin.
That kind of stuff makes anybody uncomfortable. Wouldn't you be embarassed to witness this?
This same restaurant had Kobe beef on the menu, for $32. Real Kobe beef wholesales for something ridiculous like $500/pound. That's my pet peeve, trademark infringement on Kobe beef. So I mentioned to the waiter that the Kobe on their menu couldn't be authentic and he insisted it was. Then he checked with the chef, and reported that it was, "Idaho Kobe Beef"
That is like saying a guitar is a Les Paul when it is an Epiphone Les Paul.
When I started photographing large budget weddings, I noticed that the folks (on the west coast at least) dressed more casually the richer they got. This is not the case in NY... the land of Donald Trump. New Yorkers dress very sharp, with an eye towards good labels, and especially expensive shoes. In Santa Barbara, I can go to a great restaurant or hotel wearing sweats and a ball cap, and blend in.
In California, the richer the client was, the more relaxed they seemed to be. They had sometimes neurotic handlers that would be all intense, but the client was usually very laid back.
Sucking up is poor taste. I ran into one of my rich clients in Hawaii once, and I said, "How's the Rolls Royce running?". The answer was "fine" with an abrupt vibe of dismissal. How could I say something so stupid like that? It's because I didn't know.
I would say here's a rule - never talk about stuff. Like don't say, "how many cars do you have?" or stuff like that. It's a boring topic.
I would also suggest, don't ever try to compete. That is so dreadful. If you have a Mercedes - nobody cares. If your client has one, don't go, "yeah, I have a Mercedes too". Boring. Boring!
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