Robin Williams’ Rider Required Companies To Hire Homeless People In Order To Book Him

Robin Williams is perhaps one of the most noteworthy comedians and actors in our time. Unfortunately, he died in 2014, but he still lives on in the parts that he played. Many people who knew and worked with Robin Williams knew that he was also largehearted. That was the case with the president of Premier Speakers Bureau, Brian Lord. He recalled something interesting that he had witnessed himself.

It was quite some time ago that Lord was negotiating for Williams to come to an event. William’s office sent a rider before he would agree. Incidentally, a ‘rider’ is a stipulation to a contract that gives the personal request of the performer. Some people add a rider to their contract to request certain food or perhaps a mode of transportation.

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The rider that Williams specified, however, is that anyone hiring him would also have to hire a number of people who were homeless. He wanted to do this to give back to those who were less fortunate.

When he saw the rider, Lord never looked at him or his projects in the same way. “I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need,” he wrote, “but he’d also decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back.”

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