One day I was putting on a fashion show in Caledon at the lovely theater there. A woman named Janelle Tourag came along and supplied me with models and helped me get this show together at the last minute, for the nominal fee of 2k linden. Not bad... Models loved my stuff and the show was awsome, if rather sparsely attended.
She loved my creations and wanted me to have a store in her sim, Scenic, for 30% commission. Kinda steep, but it is exposure and rent i dont have to deal with so, why not. She sees the builds i have done in steelhead: the Garden and the Kokopelli stage, and she Loves them. Can i put something up in the Scenic skies? Any thing would be better... i would get a cut of every show held there.
I have a gorgeous castle that i live in, covered in custom textures i made myself and i thought... sure... i can drop that in a few minutes and itd be perfect for a fantasy sim. So i do... i drop my Russian inspired domed castle up there and open it out...make it HUGE...put in a courtyard and a victorian greenhouse... spread flowers in the upstairs garden.. its simply Stunning, immense and well less than 100 prims due to shameless use of supers. She sees it loves it and almost immediately has a show lined up for it... this is lookin not too bad at all.
Ok. She wants an art gallery on the ground... and no one seems to be able to make a thing fit there... i do in about 15 minutes. She comments that i may be a better builder than designer and im an awsome designer. (well... i have been building alot longer than ive been designing clothes...but ive been designing clothes in rl longer than i been building in sl... so perhaps... i dont know or really care.)
Soon shes asking for this...and that... a dove to use as a balloon... a huge hose to put up in the air way up and spill down... needs another store over here... soon i realize all my creative time is being sucked up into her petty builds and i still aint seen a dime. And my SL business hasnt had a new thing added since i hung out with her. Shes in IM constantly with these requests that change on the hour, so i dont build anything. i stop. And i tell her we need to renegotiate as this isnt working for me. She says i aint a team player and that maybe we should part ways... take my store and go... This gives me pause. I hadnt realized my stupid store that pays way too much commission was a part of this... so i say...yes...and perhaps i should take my castle too...No sooner were the words out of my mouth than i was Banned from the parcel. From senior scenic member to banned in a split second... i realize that because her boyfriend has insisted upon mod perms...there MAY be a way for him to get and keep my castle... i hadnt thought bout perms when i set it up and wasnt sure how they were actually... so i finagle my way back onto scenic. "we can work this out...dont be silly... my store makes scenic alot o money. We can work out payment for the castle... i dont care... im just appeasing her to get back...and it works... im back on the 'team" and fixin up the castle for this show... i reset the perms to no copy no mod so even if he manages to take it... hell have to reset it out and it will be a bitch cuz he aint all that as a builder... and he wont be able to do anything to it... it s a peice of lovely garbage to him. Some where in all this she bans her PR agent and her main grafix designer... so i realize ...this is a pattern. She does this out of hand. Talkin to these women, she does this to them all the time... I am flabbergasted but i IM her again. Im sorry. I really cant do business with a person that treats your help and associates like greifers and garbage. Im taking everything and leaving. She says, Fine. But the castle stays till over the weekend and after the show. No mention of rent for this... and i dont trust her at all. And Im thinking wow... she thinks she has me over a barrel on this... She thinks her man can steal it no doubt as she is unaware that i revoked his rights while he was offline a day ago. And she believes that i cant get it. So i send my Darling Lucian over. I tell him to take it...just take everything. He goes there... and snags the castle while Jan is on the ground. She has no idea its gone yet...then he drops down to the ground to get my store...but she already returned it... i setlle him down and tell him to get that cafe/ art gallery in front of my store... and that disappers before her very eyes... She bans him immediately but it is already WAY too late. We have everything. He pops back into my real castle and starts handing over everything he picked up. I honestly dont know or care how she handled the show she meant to hold, nor do i care. This woman is poison. There is actually quite a bit more to this story than i put in here...this is a very condensed version. But Anyone out there... beware of Janelle Tourag. She comes off as helpful and rather lovely, but soon you can see that she has absolutely no respect for people. Most often these people are by far her superior. Her PR agent and Graphix designer are both amazing women that can do better by simply dumping her dead weight. She has no creativity of her own and there for vampires it off of others, leaving them dry and empty, with her wanting more and more stuff she isnt even sure what to do with. She thought to take advantage but ended up losing one of her best selling stores and most of the other vendors that had things there. Word of this got around the sim and folks apparently started pulling out left and right. Karma's a bitch if your a bitch. S a good thing to remember. Honestly ...while it would be really really fun to watch her twist in the flames of hell... what i really want to see is this ugly bitch to get a clue...find the goodness buried under all her scabs and wants and pull it out... let it see the light of day... and find some real healing. cuz honestly ...it woulda been a nicer story if the castle stayed, and shows were put on and everyone was happy. Too bad shes just... poisonous.