Reminder – Read Before You Sign

It’s the beginning of the school year here, yes we do start in the second week of August, and this means that there are packets of papers coming home with permission forms and emergency contact information forms and all kinds of things to sign.

Just like last year, there was something I would like everyone to see.

Included in the middle of this form is a blanket release for my kids to be in the media, advertising or other publications for the school.  I checked “no.”  Am I opposed to my kids being in pictures? No way at all.  I’m not crazy about them being in ads, but that’s just because I was in a few as kid and wasn’t crazy about it and some of the kids I knew that were in national commercials ended up a little spun. But the issue here is, there is no way I would grant a release without knowing the specific situation.

Same thing should go for you and for your clients.  Don’t sign blanket releases EVER!  And to my kids’ school district, if you are going to be filming at school, send me a note telling me what is being filmed, why you are doing it, who is doing it and how it will be used. Until then? No, you don’t have my permission

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