13 September 2016

On what Aud (Fourfeetnine) said about me and Churp Churp

*** UPDATE ***

Aud and i have exchanged texts and we have tried to clear our intentions with each other. And we both agree and understand that we are on different sides now. But we both wish each other well.

Also, i didn't moderate nor monitor any comments becox i don't want to be accused of deleting/ hiding/ only allowing comments that favour me. But today when i went to look at the comments i felt a lot of them were very unnecessary and uncalled for.

Please don't bring in our (both Aud and mine) kids, family and loved ones. Thank you.. I am sure we would very much appreciate that. In light of this, i have decided to delete all comments and not allow anymore comments on this post. Thank you for the support, i really appreciate the kind thoughts.

I feel that as she is in a very unique position, any comment from her regarding this case, at this very bad timing would further complicate things. I stand by my statement made in my blog post, with no intention to attack Audrey but to just make clear my position in the circumstances.

- End update -


Saw this public response by Audrey Ooi (widely known as Fourfeetnine, or just how i used to refer to her as, my friend, Aud) to a comment by “confused”.

Aud posted this reply publicly. First of all, i must say she has a lot to say for someone who ".. Don't actually know much about the case"

Lol.

Second of all,
I am really quite shocked that Aud can pass a judgement on her friend (myself) like that publicly without even asking / talking to me about it..

Despite whatever is going on, up til yesterday when i google "qiuqiu Churp" and saw her response pop up on the first few of the search results, right before i saw her responsei still took her as a friend and had never stopped supporting her postings by liking the adorable pictures of Penny and Fighter's and even Aud's own pics.

But i've since unfollowed her. I mean.. No point hanging on to what's left of the friendship after what she has said.. Despite whatever is on-going, i thought she would continue to be a friend to me despite whatever dispute i have with a company, since it has nothing to do with her.

But i guess i was too na├»ve to think she would stand by me as a friendShe is after all the wife of the Chief Operation Officer of Netccentric, so I really can’t expect too much.

One thing though, i would like to highlight is when she said "CC (Churp Churp) fulfilled their obligations but Qiu doesn't want to"

- That statement is something i deem offensive, false and totally unjustified.

I would like to clarify that it is untrue what Aud mentioned, that i do not want to fulfill my obligations. In fact, i believe i have fulfilled my obligations in my 3 years contract with Churp Churp. And i believe i have helped the company earn a good sum of money as one of their anchor bloggers (To my best understanding, anchor bloggers means if clients wanna buy you, they usually have to have minimum spending on other influencers / banner ads / social media seedings / events etc as the whole package) during the period of my association with the company.

You're welcome, please don't mention it. I don't need to take credit for the things i do.
 
On other sidenotes, since Aud is sharing about her two cents worth on how a talent contract works from a blogger point of view, i'd like to share mine too =D Cox don't forget, #IAlsoLiveSocial ; )
 
To me, i am just a blogger, and my job is very clear cut. I make sure my contents are engaging and interesting across all platforms that i maintain with my own hardwork. I generate content (although i'm not so good like some people always trying to make viral content) and i do so sincerely. And i believe people can see that. That i genuinely do enjoy sharing, even the littelest things that i do, especially now with Meredith. I treasure every moment i can have with her..

And magically, when i do those things for myself by myself, i am somehow interesting and engaging enough, my numbers grow and with that, naturally more clients wanna work with me.

And in my time with Churp Churp / Nuffnangi have, on many occasions across various platforms, let known to the public that i am with them. So it's not surprising some clients would be going to ChurpChurp and Nuffnang to look for me. You are welcome, again. Don't mention it lah aiyo! I will shy right =D

 
Of course for those looking to be contracted to any agency, you have to understand being contracted to an agency means you have to let them take a cut. So only sign when you're sure of how much you are getting and how much they are getting! And remember to have it on black and white. So that you know how the agency will be billing clients.

And if anyone wanna ask for credit on top of the commission you’re paying themin my honest opinion, it's a bit like you pay a cleaner to come clean your house, but later she tell you paying her is not enough, you have to thank her. So okay lah, you thank her all the time. But you thank her liao still not enough wor, she ask you to please don't be so ungrateful, remember your roots, remember who clean your bed, remember who wash your toilet???

Yeah but do you remember who pays you commission to do what you have to do? =) You're welcome, again. Like i've said, we all have our obligations. I don't like to take credit for doing what i should do =)))


Anyone who follows me knows i'm a very thankful person. And i am thankful for everything nice that people do for me, be it if it's their job, or if they are just being nice.

Below are just some of the many times i thank Nuffnang / Churp Churp openly.

Thanking them for helping out the client at an event.
Promoting ChurpChurpand asking more people to join the platform.
Sharing about their 5th birthday event although i am not obligated to. I even help plug their sponsor =) Support the community ma =)))
On their 7th birthday party. I also blogged about it =D
Supporting their Glitterati Plus sign up =D
Supporting fundraising initiatives for Japan natural disaster victims.
Creating awareness and sharing about their blogging awards for people to join the trip.
Blogging about the award.
Blogging to create awareness for their 5th birthday party, for people to sign up to join.
Supporting their app and products.
As again..

And again.. =)))

All these i did were beyond what i had to do within my obligations. I did them cox i was really thankful.. Just like how i am in many aspect of my life, i am a very grateful and thankful person.

But it's a different story when people wanna bite you cox they think you are ungrateful. It's hurtful. And it's insulting to your character. And if anyone wants to insinuate that you're being ungrateful, you should remind them of what's a privilege and what's an entitlement. Privilege is if i like you for doing your job, entitlement is you get paid for doing your job, but that doesn't mean i have to like you.
 
So guys, if you are an aspiring blogger / influencer / creative content curator whatever, and you're thinking of joining an agency, then please take note of the above. In my personal opinion you get paid to do a job, you do the job loh it's very simple.
 
But of course all these are just my personal opinion and advice for aspiring bloggers / influencers lah. I mean afterall we are really a new gen hybrid of people in this relatively new career, we should look out for each other.

Artistes and celebrities legit got people groom and they legit need the platform for them to showcase their talent for acting / singing whatever. They get paid to go for training to upgrade their talents and they couldn't have done it with the money pumped into them for them to go for classes and trainings and wherever they go for work also usually is shuttled around. So i think other than their own in-born or trained talents, they have to credit their success to luck and the agency grooming them.

 
Bloggers have to do everything ourselves. From conceptualizing a picture / video, to styling yourself to putting on makeup for yourself, to being a photographer and videographer for yourself..And to editing your own pictures, to crafting your own captions and blogposts etc.. Everything ownself bao gah liao. So i think in many sense, we groom ourselves before we can even be sold to clients by middleman.

Also Aud say as a talent she understand how it's "tempting to want to cut CC out of the deal after they've invested in you because you don't have to share revenue with them"

I have to disagree with her on that though. For me i don't find it tempting at all to cut my ex-agency out to earn more for myself.

I have moral values. Not everyone wanna eat bigger part of the pie while other people who do the actual job takes smaller cut. That wouldn't be fair right? So i don't find it tempting at all. That's why i never do what i am not supposed to do during my 3 years term with them =)

A contract is a contract, sign liao you have to honor it. Verbal agreement is also contract. Say liao you have to honor it =) That's what i strongly believe in lah.

 
I feel like many people don't really understand how talent agreements work so i hope this clears it up at least a bit. Although i leave you guys to draw your own conclusion =)))
 
On more sidenotes, despite everything, i am still sad and i do still feel a sense of loss on the friendships fostered over the years.

But such is life.. 

Aud lang syne..

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