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Apr 12 2017

4 Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Enough Freelance Work and How to Fix Them

A freelancer really has 2 jobs. The first is to be absolutely great at what they do. The second, much more difficult and painful job, is to consistently find work. It's something that the vast majority of freelancers struggle with regardless of experience level. The bright side is that freelance work snowballs- as you build a client list, you not only get repeat work from satisfied clients, but get referrals, meet contacts, and spread word of mouth to ease your work search strain.  In the mean time, here are a...

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Apr 05 2017

How Much Should I Pay a Freelancer?

Freelance rates are a complex and nuanced thing that can't really be summed up in a single formula. But we're going to do it anyway.To start, you need an idea of what you'd pay a full time employee. If you're not sure, ask some colleagues or friends in the industry. Site like PayScale can help, but aren't great for many creative jobs. Using that number, we can come up with a formula to get a baseline for freelancer rate:  (Annual Full Time Salary / 140 ) + equipment costs and expenses...

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Mar 24 2017

Career Success in Post Production- Interview With Zack Arnold (Part 2)

We caught up with Zack Arnold, an editor of 15 years, who has worked on a multitude of project types including feature films, film trailers, and TV shows such as Burn Notice, Empire, and briefly on Glee. He is also passionate about health and created Fitness in Post, a resource to help creative professionals stay healthy in demanding, sedentary jobs. We talked to Zack about what someone needs to find success in post production and how best to build a career. PART 1 Q: What would you tell someone who was graduating film school...

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Mar 24 2017

Career Success in Post Production- Interview With Zack Arnold (Part 1)

We caught up with Zack Arnold, an editor of 15 years, who has worked on a multitude of project types including feature films, film trailers, and TV shows such as Burn Notice, Empire, and briefly on Glee. He is also passionate about health and created Fitness in Post, a resource to help creative professionals stay healthy in demanding, sedentary jobs. We talked to Zack about what someone needs to find success in post production and how best to build a career. Q: What traits do you need to be a good editor? A: In order...

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Mar 08 2017

What Do I Bill For?

It's a common question, maybe the most common, right after 'How Much Should I Charge?' While there is no firm consensus on exactly what video freelancers and production companies should bill for, there are generally accepted practices. Initial Consultation- No If you know a freelancer who charges for initial consultations, you probably know a freelancer who has no clients. It's a nearly universal practice to give a free consultation to clients, because it acts almost as an interview. Clients can size up freelancers to see if they would be a good fit, while freelancers...

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Mar 01 2017

5 Terms That Aren’t Video Production Expressions But Should Be

There are things, quite a number of things, that production people all know about but haven't necessarily given names. No reason to keep it that way. Blank Tie EventFor those times when you're shooting at a fancy event or in a well dressed corporate office. You want to dress fit the situation, but most of all you want to be invisible. Black slacks and a white dress shirt work great, regardless of gender. Dress like a waiter, you'll be fine.[caption id="attachment_20950" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Yes, it's a play on black tie event.[/caption]  Industry Messiah A recent...

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Feb 22 2017

What the Show 3% Can Teach Us About Recruiting

The show 3% is a Brazilian Netflix series about a dystopian future where as the population comes of age, they compete in a series of trials to live in an offshore paradise. While the show boasts an engaging storyline and impressive visuals from director Cesar Charlone, cinematographer of "City of God", the thing that struck me most is the similarity of the trials in 3%, called "the process", to everyday systems in a modern job search. While "the process" in 3% is much more intense and brutal than a real...

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