Why should you be on time for things? Simply said, being on time gives the impression that you are serious about what it is your doing. Being late makes it seem like you don’t care what it is your doing. It makes it appear that you don’t care about the people you work with. Mostly though it makes you look like someone who is incapable of using a simple device like a watch. I don’t know about you, but people that can’t manage something as simple as using a watch shouldn’t be given anything more complex to do, that’s just asking for it.
The benefits of being on time are many. Being on time means you get individualized attention. You get to network with folks and build relationships without having to compete since you were there on time. You might even be able to have some input on whats going to happen since obviously you care more then the people who are late. You’ll be ready to go when you need to since you had time to do so, time to relax, maybe run through the event in your head to be better prepared for it, ask questions, learn more.
Now I can almost hear the comments as people read this ‘Sometimes it can’t be helped’ sure, but did you call? Remember this is still a Job, treat it that way. You have all been doing a show or event and someone is a no show and calls an hour before it starts. What did you think of that person? Do you want people thinking of you in that same way? I know of one instance recently were three people were booked and only one showed up. If you were the person in charge of that event would you want to work with them again?
So be on time, be ready to work. Take pride in what you do don’t treat it, and the people involved with disdain.