One of the things I admire most about De Anna is her fierce competitiveness. I remember one time we were on a catering gig, and another girl I hired to work with us was also an actress in LA. I had a thing for her, overlooking the fact that she was totally dull, depressing, and worst of all, entitled. Like so many people De Anna and I knew in LA, they arrived to the big city and just expected that everyone in LA has been waiting for them to get there.
So De Anna picked up on this the split second she walked into the party. And in a cunning, calculated fashion, De Anna was at first very friendly and accommodating. She inquired about why she was in LA, how she knew me, etc. On the outside it seemed genuinely out of a friendly sense of curiosity. In reality, De Anna was collecting evidence which she would use to shred this girl with.
I would have intervened earlier, yet despite my initial physical attraction to this girl, I was totally annoyed with her attitude, and I secretly wanted to do what De Anna was setting up to do. It would have also gotten in the way of my prurient interests, besides, I usually have an attitude of wanting to nudge people towards their better self, so this wouldn't have served that end goal.
So I watched as this girl lay her lines on De Anna. Not long after the initial handshake, De Anna was subtly attacking her with such silent precision, the poor girl didn't have an idea what hit her, and she was almost in tears. At this point I had to pull De Anna aside and tell her to temper it, even though I enjoyed seeing it roll out. After all, we were there to do a catering gig and I needed this girl to be able to work.
I normally don't find satisfaction in seeing people getting shaken down like this, but in this case, I felt a find of comradery with De Anna. Los Angeles is saturated in entitled people who have no sense of work ethic. This pervasive attitude makes everything harder for people like De Anna and myself, who work tirelessly each day to make something happen. In a way, it was fair game to put her in her place. One could argue we were there to cater a party. But nobody moves to LA to cater at a party.