Erin DeCrescenzo has been a member of the Sea Organization (the Scientology religious order whose members have dedicated their lives to achieving the aims and goals of Scientology) for over 20 years. Erin is an executive at Golden Era Productions, responsible for caring for and training the staff and seeing to their excellent performance, competence and well-being.
As the Director of Training at Golden Era Productions, I have interacted directly with all of our hundreds of staff, including Ron Miscavige, for many years. I maintain and run the schedules and programs of everyone’s studies, whether these studies be advancing themselves on their Scientology courses or training materials for their positions in our Church organization.
I had the unfortunate experience of trying to work with Ron to assist him in his studies. In dealing with him, I found Ron to be one of the rudest and most self-centered people I have ever had to work with.
I found Ron to be one of the rudest and most self-centered people I have ever had to work with.
For example, we have exact schedules of classes that were thought through and agreed upon by all of our many staff. Everyone finds them workable and arrives on time to the study period that works best for them. Yet Ron was always running in at the very last second or would show up late. Instead of working out how he could follow the schedule the rest of his fellow musicians kept, he instead tried to get me to give him his own personal schedule, different than everyone else’s.
And when I didn’t do this he argued with me that I needed to change everyone else’s schedule to accommodate him, with no regard for anyone else. And no one else had a problem with the class schedule except him. He could care less as he was only interested in himself and what he wanted, not his other teammates.
When Ron came in late for his studies, he would obnoxiously and loudly give his excuses while interrupting me and the other staff around.
When Ron came in late for his studies, he would obnoxiously and loudly give his excuses while interrupting me and the other staff around. Even if he didn’t say anything, he would come in with such noise and thunder by how he walked and even opened the door, it was a total distraction in an otherwise quiet room. If I was with someone, or in the middle of something, he would barge in and demand immediate attention.
As with any class, we have established guidelines that all attending agree to follow. Ron would not follow these. There were times he left during the class period and didn’t tell any of the instructors where he was going. When he came back and was asked where he was, he lied and made it seem like he was with the Medical Officer when he was not, as she was not in the office that day. In one of these instances, he was found back in his work area, kicking back and eating again only an hour after the breakfast meal. In the classroom where everyone studies, we have a Wi-Fi connection so anyone can use the Internet as needed for their studies. Ron was found using this to order something personal for himself that had nothing to do with his studies—during class. That is just another example of his obstinacy.
…If Ron didn’t get his way he would get loud and upset about it, disturbing everyone…
In the classroom, in order to get assistance from the instructor, there is an agreed-upon simple administrative system for the staff to follow. He was the only person who wouldn’t follow it. He insisted on having to do it differently from every single other person—rather than wait his turn, he would insist on being serviced immediately when others had asked for assistance before he did. And because Ron was so obnoxious about it, others would let him go first, because if Ron didn’t get his way he would get loud and upset about it, disturbing everyone around him who was trying to concentrate in peace.
I will also note that out of respect for the fact that he is the father of our Church leader, I and anyone in my department would be very tolerant with Ron and work to accommodate him so that he had what he needed and would be doing well.
Ron Miscavige was arrogant, rude and not interested.
Unlike all the other staff I work with, never once did I see him attempt to learn anything to advance his skills as a musician. Whereas all the other musicians and other specialized staff we have are constantly rehearsing, studying the most current books and training for their field, he did not do anything of such nature on his own. His superiors would offer things that he could do or study to advance his skill as a composer but he would not do them. When I attempted to go over this with him and help him with such matters, Ron Miscavige was arrogant, rude and not interested. Despite this being the position and function he was responsible for, he was not trying to make himself better at performing.
There were multiple instances when I would go through the Music Department to see the staff and walked into an argument that Ron had just created among the musicians. Since he left, I never see this happen and everyone in the area is getting more done and advancing their skills like never before. He was holding the team back by his antics. Ron Miscavige was no team member.