Freelancing Talk with Ed Bremner
Notes about freelancing as a photographer
- Dealing with the financial aspects of your work makes the biggest difference
- Making a living by selling ourselves, either our services or something we create
- Harlan Ellison — LA Screenwriter “Why would you call me and ask me to do something for nothing, do you get a pay check? Yes! Would you go to the gas station and ask for free gas. No!”
- If you want to make a living, you need to get the right attitude of not doing things for free
- When you’re starting out, its the time you feel most sensitive and when you’re being pushed to work for less. This is not professional.
- Once you get a degree, nothing will change. You may as well begin being professional now
- What are you worth?
- What are your skills financially worth?
- “I am desperately against internships within the arts industry”
- If you take on an internship, understand that it is experience based and not financial
- For example — 25 years ago a Vogue front page paid £70 — but it wasn’t about the money — it was about the publicity of shooting a Vogue cover and having it in your portfolio
- You do not need to be the cheapest person in the market to get work
- When an agency sells your work, they sell it for your fee plus 20%, if you charge less, they make less, if you charge more — the 20% VAT is higher
- Cheap work could insinuate that they are not good enough for the job