Animation Business Basics orNotes from The Freelance Life
Animation Business Basics orNotes from The (Independant Contractor) Life paladin free agent condottiere ronin solo act mercenary
“No one’s job is secure. Some freelancers contend theyre safer working for themselves rather than depending on one employer. If one client disappears, freelancers can fall back on several others.” Qtd. Daniel Pink, Welcome to the Age of the Freelancer Gary M. Stern November 27, 2012 Fortune.com
Financial LiteracyYou need a plan todeal with your debt.
CONTRACTS aka: Deal memo Purchase Order/POProduction Agreement etc.
CONTRACTSThe Going Rate:20 bucksan hourbeneﬁts after 6 months.
CONTRACTS For production companies, little negotiation in price.Where did you pay last yearʼs taxes?
CONTRACTS Uneducated clientsYour job is to educate them through your deal memo.
CONTRACTS Know thy timeHow long will it take to do the work? What’s their deadline? Is it enough?
CONTRACTS Know thy time Build deadlines into the schedule Link payments to these stagese.g.: 1/3 to start, 1/3 roughs,1/3 ﬁnal DUE ON DELIVERY
CONTRACTS Know thy timeYour monthly expenses X 3 = your price
CONTRACTSKnow thy RIGHTSDeﬁne these in your deal memo. Further use of your workshould mean more money for you.BARTER/get something else if moneyʼs tight
CONTRACTS Know thy RIGHTS “Copyright protection is at the heart of our sustanance as graphic artists. Keeping current and informed on copyright issues enables artists to sell and clients to purchase, only the rights necessary for their specificneeds. Copyright knowledge makes for better contracts, fewer misunderstandings, and better business experiences for all.” Hayden S. Adams, President Graphic Artists Guild.
CONTRACTSAfter you ﬁnish the job,INVOICE for it. Put terms on it.
CONTRACTS “Ya gotta be ready to die.” You have to be able to walk away if the client wants more than you are willing to give.Know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em.
CONTRACTS Look at examples fromgraphic design or illustration business sites and adapt them.
Finding WorkCONNECTIONS Animation is a team sport
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