How much should you charge? Let’s talk about Getting Paid!

November 28, 2016 - By 

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40% OFF Greyscalegorilla Sale
Canon GX7
Fuck You Pay Me By Mike Monteiro
For Exposure
Clients From Hell

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  • Just bought the G7X and have been loving it. Like Nick said, low light and video are great. Its small enough to carry around without much trouble and deploys quickly so you can catch that shot right away.

  • i have experience in both staff an freelancer there was this guys subcontract a job to an ask me to do 3 different animations like an i did it an send it so he reply OK i like these but i’m only going to use two i’m not using the next animation because the client dont want it i said OK fine pay me from the two.. couple months later i saw the ad an it had all three animations i made

  • Let’s continue this topic guys. I’ve been self-employed in this business for 20 years and am always happy to see a discussion on the subject. Now more than ever, the gig-economy is a viable career path.

  • If you have an email saying that you should go ahead with the work then that’s the start of the contract. If you don’t get paid then go through the small claims, costs about £80, just keep all your emails. I’m in the UK by the way.

  • A greater risk than not getting paid is not having clearly defined revision policies and timelines. Oftentimes multiple players on the client-side can result in feedback coming in dribs and drabs, piecemeal. When this happens it is impossible to track where you are in the revision process. It all goes to shit and you just hope the next round of changes is the last. This is where a producer (or anyone other than the artist(s) in the seat) is essential to keeping things on track. Yes, having a clearly written SOW up front helps, but there are always grey areas where the two different parties are making assumptions.

    or worse: when a job doesn’t have a hard deadline. Projects where the client takes a hiatus or gets wrapped up in other priorities. It’s very hard to ramp a project back up to speed after several months of being dormant without spending what amounts to unbillable time getting back into it.

  • For cameras it’s hard not to recommend Sony these days – if you’re looking for pro video the A7S II is incredible, and pro photo the a7R II is the flagship. I use the A7S II for work and am constantly impressed with the results.

    If you’re looking for something more affordable in an even smaller package, you really can’t beat the a6000. Less than $400, and an interchangeable lens system. If you have the budget though, i’d get the a6300 which comes with 4k video and super fast auto focus, in the same body.

  • Great Podcasts!

    Guys, I have a question. Talking about revisions; When you talk about revision rounds, do you specify the amount of revisions per round?
    A revision round could for instance have 40 small changes correct?, or do you put a limit on the changes per revision round.

    Thanks in advance!

    • There should be an agreed upon amount of “postings” where any number of changes can be discussed. Only those that drastically change the scope of the project should be objected to. Even those must be navigated carefully as not to put the client on the defensive. If additional rounds of “postings” are needed I always say “Yes, of course. Let me send you an updated schedule where we push our deadline and I’ll also give you an updated estimate of what that will cost”. Always answering with a yes is a good idea, but follow it up with letting them know that changes that were not part of the original posting schedule may cost them additional money and will have an effect on the schedule. Hope that helps!

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