Why Leverage? Leverage is an exertion of force on a lever to lift something. In a business context it is used in terms of give and take of a relationship. Now, the more valuable something is in this context means a heavier item you want to lift. In Business it’s like you both sitting on […]
Finding Out What I Loved To Do and Becoming A Sound Mixer. It was the dream of many that I took for granted. Growing up in a city in the north of England I knew I didn’t want to be sucked into the “system” which to me meant do a job which mimicked school. The […]
Hey Guys and Gals, Using the new platform Anchor.fm app I am starting to do more audio content to explain difference aspects of being a Sound Recordist and it’s freelance lifestyle. Anchor being like the SnapChat of podcasting makes it easy for me to also interact with you guys and gals with call in options I can […]
This is just what I think about making a sound reel. Essentially to make a sound reel you need to be able to storytell. Especially in Sound Design and post production. For my location sound work as a sound recordist and location sound mixer I have decided to just give lots of different references. This […]
Thankfully I haven’t had such horrible clients but I was asked what I would do to let down clients more gently.
Money is always a hot topic for freelancers. If you are low or having cash problems then I would focus on these 3 areas to figure out where you are weak. Then once you plug the gap you should stop seeing money just pass you buy and have more chances to give more value to your clients.
Continuing the theme of getting more work as a freelancer I wanted to cover the concept of focusing on what you have instead of what you haven’t. Might sound silly but in practice is very lucrative as you maximise value to the clients that keep hiring you and in turn become more appealing to other clients through referrals and word of mouth.
This is a common issue especially for newer freelancers, work drying up. The trick is to be able to predict these dry spells as best you can. Often your client base will be made up of a mix of people making regular content but some may make 2 projects a month, some 1 project every 2 years. Having a wide array of clients and project types should keep you working all year round.
I answer this question by the economics of the content basically. Commercials pay more because the upside of the piece of content is much greater than the cost of it. If you do a worldwide commercial for a popular brand then they are going to make, realistically, a ridiculous multiple on the amount spent on the commercial, even if they go 2 days into overtime for everyone. Also the complexity of these projects is usually higher.
Might sound silly as when you set your invoice terms (Usually 30 days) then the client or production company should pay you on time, but this doesn’t happen 100% of the time for me. So there are a few things you can do as gentle reminders to help maintain your cashflow and all the adult things like rent and bills.
So recently I moved house and wanted to share some insights into finances because as a freelancer it can be tricky to manage. Also having a self employed status you need to make sure you take into account about your profit and loss.
Hey All, Made a video because people keep messaging me asking about how they can get more work from Mandy.com etc.. Job sites basically, so here are 3 of my top tips and how I even landed a feature across Europe on Mandy.com a few years ago.
I often get asked about gear and talk to people about what gear they have and which is better X or Y. There are lots of great sounding gear and many people on award winning shows all use different types of equipment.
This is a topic I have often communicated to many people starting out when it comes to better integrating sound into a visual medium such as film. Even taking the whole 50% of the experience is sound mantra that gets banded around, the fact is joe public goes to watch films.
Firstly your degree doesn’t matter for the following reasons when going into a technical skill like sound recording:
This is an extract from episode 40 from my Sound Chats session. This is with Nathan Ashton who imparted some great advice on networking and having a stable freelancing career.
So you are looking for film jobs and are not sure where to look first. Maybe you only use one or two and would like to see what else is out there to get your career moving. Well here is a rundown of the main contenders.
I often see similar posts like the following on message boards and forums: “I want to continue working in the industry and am struggling to get my foot through the door any help or advice would be useful :)” These people usually have a few student projects under their belts and then seem to get […]
Freelancer Accounting Since it’s nearly tax time again in the UK I was time for me to crack my tax for 2011/2012 and being on the road all over the country they do mount up. I try to get paid and pay for anything to do with business through my personal account since it is […]