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Surviving the shoulder season

Seven steps to fighting the doldrums and courting chaos

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Indeed. Then there's the issue of who-wants-to-be-sprayed-with-blood, i.e., finding "actors."

"Vancouver is full of methed-out freaks who want to be in your movie and think it will be awesome to call you up at 4:30 a.m. to talk about your call-out," warns Feet (and it is a good warning: I concur). "Personally I like to work with people I know and like. The best films seem to come from groups of friends having fun together, not some poor fucker trying to wrangle a bunch of anonymous freaks just because he really wants a bestiality/glass-bottom boat in his movie. So the best bet is to be extremely nice to your cute friends. Good luck."

Step Seven (of the Sins): Foment Revolution

Now that the consumer options have been exhausted (along with your bank account), it's time to ask for that raise. Been here an entire season? Staying on? Heck, been here multiple seasons and still making the same wage? It might be worth asking the Whistler Chamber of Commerce for advice. Why not? The WCC supports the idea of providing incentives to returning employees. A novel, radical idea, I know, but one that seems to have some credence even among the capitalists, especially given what might be an increased labour slump in low-paid positions.

Just recently, Chamber members received a report from Heather Kennedy, Manager of Marketing and Communications for the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC). It's a mouthful, but listen to what she has to say — as well as suggesting that the most efficient way to find new employees is to keep the ones you've already got (imagine that!) and to rehire the old ones (no training involved!), Kennedy emphasizes offering "extra incentives to returning employees" (her bold, not mine). And she writes, "Whether it's a higher wage, a promotion, non-monetary bonuses, or training for a supervisory role, they will feel encouraged to come back."

So go ahead and ask for that raise or bonus or free lunch or dishwasher supervisor position or whatever — the Whistler Chamber of Commerce said it was OK to do so.