Lateness Won’t Be Tolerated

A casting agent we all know and want to smack, coined this phrase.  images-5It’s meant to rattle and intimidate you down to your socks.

Be on time or else.

But here’s the thing, New York is a late town.  Things happen here. Trains stall, buses breakdown.  Weather creates havoc like flooding and delays leaving you in the tall grass, or at least stuck on the number C train.

It’s hard not to have anxiety when you feel threatened over something you have little control over such as unintentional lateness. images-4

Like trying to keep the tide from coming in.

So where does this disciplinarian get off shooting buckshot at your feet – a martinet of legislated misery making you sweat en route to a job you all but killed yourself to get?

Makes me angry alright.  Would like to forge a legal complaint with Human Resources if only models had an HR to complain to.

I know a woman who peed in her pants after getting lost on her way to a location, she got that shook-up.

Here’s the kahuna of questions.  What’s the worst that could have happened?

That they fired her – sent her home with her lip-pencil between her legs…say, we’re sorry, but we had to start without you?

Did she really need to pack Depends in her tote, just in case?  images-7

Thrashings and lashings, caning and maiming as this lateness isn’t tolerated?

Lets haul us off to jail in cuffs and leg irons by some grizzled cop with a nightstick.

And who knows, maybe one of us will make the front of the New York Post with the headline…MODEL LATE FOR THE LAST TIME

Free publicity.

Life is so short.

I will be the late Susannah Bianchi soon enough without having to worry in the interim,  I’ll be late.

Besides, haven’t you ever heard of a fashionable entrance?




About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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29 Responses to Lateness Won’t Be Tolerated

  1. micklively says:

    BUT you also tout good manners and etiquette. Tardiness shows disregard for the time and planning of others. Fashionable, it may be, but considerate it is NOT.


  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    I don’t like tardiness either, Susannah. But in NYC there are more roadblocks to a timely entrance than elsewhere. What happens if the photographer or director get stuck somewhere?


  3. Oh it’s not only NYC!


  4. Lynn says:

    I must admit, lateness is a pet peeve of mine. I would most likely be jumping on an earlier train to ensure I get there on time. Yup, I am usually that person who arrives 10 or 15 minutes early just to make sure I am not late!

    Having said that, there are certainly valid reasons where one should cut a bit of slack if it is beyond their control.


    • In old New York there are times leaving an hour early means zip if something goes wrong. The other day coming home from a job, beat as can be, the number C train stalled for half an hour, then we had to get off when it did start running because it went express. Manhattan has a mind of her own. Nice hearing from you.


  5. Elle Knowles says:

    I’m more of an try to be a little early person where H is right on the dot. That’s sometimes hard to control. Andrew on the other hand thinks if you need to be somewhere at a certain time that is the time you leave. He makes me so nervous never leaving time for an emergency. There should be an understanding when circumstances are beyond your control. Maybe a note from your driver? Haha! ~Elle


  6. Patricia says:

    I am usually on time or not more than 10-15 minutes late. It does bug me if I have an appointment and have to wait more than 15 minutes. Like at the doctor. I always wait at least 45 minutes to see him. One time I was a few minutes late and he was on time. I was chastised by the nurse. I told her I usually wait 45 minutes so my being 15 minutes late meant I was a bit early. She did not like the comment.


  7. Well I’m speechless. Late or tardy in New York. Not possible! ;O)


  8. If you have to stress over being on time the universe will no doubt make you late for your own good. I think “The Time Nazi” fits this casting agent well.


  9. Susannah,
    I don’t know if it’s appropriate or not that I’m reading this 10 days late, but I’ll try not to wet myself. Somehow, I don’t see you as a “martinet of legislated misery” (I just love that expression so much.) 🙂
    Our boss is a stickler for being on-time but she has a one-hour commute and I have a 5-minute walk, so I can usually beat her to the office.


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