What I promised
May 21, 2013
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I can not upload the completed layout reel at this time. Reason being, I met with a potential client today who was not honest with her intentions. Therefore, I shall not submit the reel for it reveals too much information that should be the domain of a university and I feel you should be content with the following advice until further notice:
- Do not offer to break down stories for your client
- Do not offer to free artwork in proposals. Always ask for a proposal fee. They are going to use your designs build on when they hire someone else cheaper. Don’t do the teenager who is hired any favors.
- Lastly, don’t reveal the production pipeline to your clients until you’ve signed a contract-deal memo.
There are lot people out there who think animators are cheap goods to be exploited. You’ve paid for what seems like simple, yet valuable information. Don’t give it away for free. A lawyer doesn’t give away free legal advice, why should you give away filmmaking knowledge? Make your clients pay you enough to put a dent into the $50k-$100k in education loans that you owe–plus rent and updated equipment and software licenses.
If amateurs want to send all of our jobs overseas. Let them try. Concepts developed by Americans are still the biggest money makers in the world of commercial art, they’ll come back. Furthermore, the artform is preserved for at least they did not get your most valuable skill—your ideas and abilities to execute them well! Do not work on spec. I have taught you how to produce films on your own. Make your own films and other creative projects in lieu of working for free. Employers do consider personal project as legitimate experience. The internet is marvelous for distribution, so why work on someone else’s idea for free? Viral marketing does work. Someone will notice you, and respect that you too need to earn a living wage and will pay you.
I regards to sneaky clients, if you find yourself backed into corner to justify your fee like myself this morning don’t give away information. Instead refer the “client” to the Animation Guild I.A.T.S.E 839 at (818) 845‑7500. The people there will give them the information they need to consider hiring an animation artist and give your client an earful on the collective bargaining agreement and wage surveys, all employers who hire artists should adhere to. If you don’t stand up for yourself, you’ll end up living back home with your parents. Be brave. Your work is worth a little arrogance on your part to earn a living wage.
Good luck with your careers and email me if you need further help.
Much love, my darlings.