There are benefits to being your own boss. Tax breaks, two hour naps, the boss doesnt mind if you have a beer. and I get to create some awesome stuff.
Curled up in the fetal position under the mixing console, crying.
For me, doing production for a company in a gallery slave environment has little long term benefit. In other words, I dont feel the quality of the material I was whipped into creating enhanced my reel, my resume or the world. Cramming 250 words of generic copy into a 60 second radio commercial may not be the best advertising dollar spent. With Radio stations only being willing to part with a small hourly wage, reluctant to hire full time with benefits, local radio ad production has suffered. Im not saying I wont look for and accept a great job, is there a radio station that wants to do great in-house production with salary and benefits? Maybe. or not radio.
In addition to the aforementioned crying (a DJ in the production room) there was also the sound of CD’s hitting the wall from the program directors office accompanied by loud guttural obscenities, the time one DJ threw another thru the production room window. holes punched in the walls covered with posters, mouse droppings on the equipment, I never quite made it to the floor with my own wretched despair but there where times…
The bad part about freelancing
Scrambling for work, having clients who move slow or never respond again, (there are many many reasons for this). Large possibility of poverty. No benefits (but its a tax break!) People who are indignant you want to charge for your services, or want to pay less than minimum wage. People who say “it’s a quick and easy job”. Considering I have to listen to every piece of audio I have to edit, the length of the project is determined by the length of your audio. It can only be quick if the audio is very short. To do it right, I really have to spend about 4 times the length of the sound file. That’s expensive, so I try to make it as attractive as possible, but I have limits. Then there are the people who want you to “intern” to build your portfolio. I think it’s built, but thanks anyway.
On line Freelancing Services
Most of these services are going for the gallery slave approach while nickeling and dimeing their subscribers. I have decided I only want to focus on podcasting. If I wanted to build websites or aps these websites would serve me better. I absolutely will not compete for a small voice over job. I don’t bid on them anymore. Occasionally somebody needs me to spiffy up their audio with a small voice gig, which I am capable of doing and can voice adequately.
One of the better ones. They offer a free basic membership, which is fair. You get 10 bids a month, then they take a sliding scale of what you earn. I would be most willing to pay a sliding scale to any web site that gets me work. It’s is really the most fair. for $25 a month you get 100 (I think) chances to bid, chances to leave feed back and references. But then they still take a percent of your earnings. I paid for it for a couple of months but have discontinued for now. I was getting work the clients were not following up on (which is everywhere) and not enough jobs I wanted to do. Im sure I’ll have to re-up when something juicy appears.
I’ve gotten quite a few jobs from them. It’s only $10 a month and they get the client to pay a percentage which they add on to your bid, I dont have to do any math to figure out how much I want to charge. The website is easy to use, communication is fairly easy. The only problem is that occasionally people will list their jobs in the wrong category, since the service only allows me to bid in one category, it frustrates me when I see a job I am totally qualified to do and I cant bid on it. Elance invites me to spend more money…..
Avoid it! Bad website configuration, many hoops to jump thru to sign up, many hoops to jump thru to bid on jobs, they want you to download time clock software to use their website (no figgin way) they dont guarantee you’ll get paid which the other websites do. When you bid on a job you will get a message saying that the client may not see your bid because you have no history. They brag they can get projects done for way under market rate, Im sure that the people working at Odesk want market rate. I did a quick feed set up last week and Odesk is sitting on my money claiming they need a W9 from me. They have it, along with my business and personal checking accounts and paypal information, My business tax ID, more. how about blood type? a DNA scan? Nothing is easy to do on this website. I’ll take jobs from Odesk only if it really worth the hassle.
Craigslist is the yin and yang of the freelance world. All that is good and right with the world and all that is wrong with people. I’d much rather do a $10 quick audio edit from here than hassle with a service. I do find real work on Craigslist. Donanza searches Craigslist and found a pod casting gig for me to try for. It was in the NYC CL I would never have seen it. It with an agency so it will take a while to get the gig settled.
scriptlance, freelance, freelancer, freelanced, peopleperhour, sologig ..Im competing with people in other countries on these websites who will work for pennies, I glance in occasionally. never had work from them. nibbles, but no work. I let Donanza, pick thru all this and send me links to gigs.
ifreelance went crazy and sent me two pages of emails the other day.
Voices.com Voice123.com Voplanet ..there are more. These services that focus on the voice over world. Honestly, the world is full of bright young perky women who want to do voice overs. These services all offer to get you auditions for good gigs for $200 $400 a year, Upfront. hmmm….that’s alot of money to gamble with.
Production notices sends me email about crew gigs. If I was younger and had more free time I’d apply for these one or two day jobs. I’ve never tried for one, it might be fun to grip for the food network. I imagine the competition is pretty fierce, you’ll never know until you try.
Social media? a blog? actually leaving the house? business cards? selling wine in costco?