How to say “basically, we need/want to pay 100% in full to show that we’re committed to you and you’ve got to accept this payment as proof you’re going not going to bottle” without a serviceman walking away.
We’ve dealt with Giovanni before (see communications below); he seems non-committal and wouldn’t accept our booking before on the grounds that they would not cancel or not show up — even when we offered a “loaded” fee! Maybe there isn’t a way and we’ve just got to accept their terms… How would you get around this one?
Enquiry - Studio Hire - 1 of the following 5 dates: 14/09/2017
Why is it necessary?
In the end, we opted for the below responses. Even so, these still weren't sufficient to secure the venue's assurance, as you'll see from the subsequent "collateral" below.
Scroll down further to 2013, and see the emails (and image!) that solicited these restrictions and why we requested them in the first place...
Contract - Fiesta Latina (London) Photos & Video Shoot - 14/09/2017
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