Years ago, I produced and directed a documentary film and hired Leonard Nimoy to narrate the project. At the time he was at the peak of his career and had done the Star Trek TV series and released a number of Star Trek movies as well. As a result, his agent put me through the grinder – after all, the agency didn’t want their star client dealing with a novice. But after working through the details of the fee and contract, we all showed up at the studio to record the project. During the process, Leonard couldn’t have been more gracious and professional.
In fact, I’ll never forget that when we ordered sandwiches at lunch, as soon as they arrived, Leonard grabbed the box himself and started handing them out – making sure everyone had what they ordered. He wasn’t interested in being a “celebrity,” he was interested in being a friend. It turned out to be a fantastic day, and that experience – plus plenty of others taught me something important: People who actually are “stars” are a joy to work with – it’s the people who think they’re stars that’s the problem.
In my experience the stars I’ve worked with have been professional, gracious, and worked incredibly hard. But I can’t say that about some others I’ve worked with who are convinced they are the stars…
Perhaps the simple truth is that it’s fantastic working with someone who has nothing to prove. And now that I think of it, that’s a pretty good thing to remember as we grow in our careers….