Fast, Cheap, and Good… but not all three

3 Dec

I can’t remember how I came across this mantra. It is nothing new, but ever since,  It has been plastered directly above my desk and I see it everyday.

I don’t expect this to be a huge “oh my gosh, WOW” moment for you, but I do enjoy sharing things that have helped simplify my life and helped me work more efficiently…this is one of them. Any artist I would assume has experienced this with their work:

It can be fast and cheap, but not good
It can be cheap and good, but not fast
It can be good and fast, but not cheap

A Film student from California contacted me once with some questions about media and what I would do in certain situations. One thing He asked was “When working on a project, how do you inform your employer or someone over you that you couldn’t accomplish an assigned task?”

My answer:

Hmmm…couldn’t accomplish a task? To be honest, in this industry that really isn’t an option. I either turn down the project because i know i won’t be able to finish it when they need it, or i bust my butt to get it done. Every once in a while you may need a little more time, in that case you have to go off your relationship with that person. If they know you and your work and trust you… you shouldn’t have a problem asking for an extension only if absolutely necessary. That doesn’t look good on your part if you are always late, they will find someone else with your talent, who can live up to their word. Something I have learned is that clients want things: Fast, Cheap, and Good… but you can’ have all three. Keep this in mind when people start giving demands…

It can be fast and cheap, but not good
It can be cheap and good, but not fast
It can be good and fast, but not cheap

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