Hi guys, Kind of a follow up post to the "career advice" thread. Great discussion and even though I was a little adamant about my right to work for free I did a lot of thinking about the issue....
So, a guy offered me the score for this low budget horror flick ($60,000) That's for the whole movie, try not to laugh. I was thinking if he offered me maybe $4000 I'd do it, what the hell, what else am I doing? Besides I figured I could do a lot of Ambient/Industrial sound design cues, get in and out quick, and not make it my life's work.
Well he offers me $3000 but I only get it if he sells the movie!! The movie's not that good and I doubt if he'll sell it, but what do I know? Anyway, I tell him that if I'm willing to take that big a risk on the front end I want maybe $10k if he sells it. But he says that's not going to happen.
I'm going on here a little longer than I'd intended but all I really wanted to say was that some of you guys converted the way I'm thinking about these issues now, and I'm feeling pretty good about not working for absolutely nothing.
It's just like a lot of you said. I felt that there was no respect at all coming from this guy. He had $60k, spent it all, and then started looking for a composer. It kind of ticked me off. I've got a pretty steep note to cover to keep me and my studio liquid and dammit I want/need to get paid.
Yeah, we have to train these jokers.