We work with lots of high profile clients of which I never disclose any details about.
However the one client that still pisses me off to this day is one by the name of Amanda Archer. She has owed me $2173.00 since the 9th of December 2009.
When Britney Spears was out here touring Australia on her “Circus” tour, she wanted to tour with her kids, which meant that at the time, her ex-husband Kevin Federline had to accompany them on tour.
We got a phone call from a leading media agency who were a regular client of ours, and were asked if we could organize transfers for Kevin, his girlfriend, Britneys two children, as well as the bodyguard and the nanny, and they would be paid for by a PR agency called Amanda Archer PR.
So upon getting in touch with Amanda, she organized a bunch of transfers for Kevin and his family in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne in mini-buses, and sedans, for photo shoots for magazines, radio and media interviews, and various social activities (Australia Zoo etc) and asked us to look after her on the price – which we did. We gave her a discounted rate as a goodwill gesture even though she hadn’t used our services before, but dealing with such a high profile celebrity, we never once doubted her ability to pay.
When it came time to paying the invoice, she came up with every excuse under the sun as to why she wasn’t able to pay. Claiming that her client hadn’t paid her etc (as if that’s my problem), but that she would have the money over to us as soon as possible. I sent her countless emails, text messages, and several phone calls, all to no avail.
And in between all of this she asked us for a Stretch Hummer (which we ordinarily send out for anywhere up to $750.00 per hour), to do a free transfer for some of her corporate clients for a restaurant opening at Balmoral that she was doing the PR for and promised free dinner vouchers to the driver of the Hummer in exchange for the freebie. We begrudgingly obliged, hoping that this would act as a sweetener for us getting our money. She never came through with this either.
And then she had the hide to turn around and ask for transfers for Nikki Hilton when she came out here promoting her jewelry line, which we refused to do her work – which is something we never do. When she still had an outstanding debt to pay, how on earth could we possibly accept any more work from her?
I have heard throughout the industry that she is notorious for wanting to rub shoulders with the celebrities, and never settles her bills, and I have unfortunately been fucked over by her.
So whilst our company prides ourselves on discretion, this is one time I do not give a flying fuck. So anyone out there that is listening – DO NOT WORK WITH AMANDA ARCHER. Her company used to trade under the name of Archer PR Events & Publicity Pty Ltd, but I have no idea if she still trades under that name as I lodged a complaint with ASIC in relation to her trading insolvent. Her website is www.archerpr.com.au. This woman is highly unprofessional and unethical and should be banned from conducting any type of business.
So the lesson out of this? Be careful who you accept work from, and be careful who you decide to fuck over – because they might just blog about it…