Re: Advice needed for free-lance job...
- Hi Sarah,
I recently had that questions as well!! In September I was
approached to do contract work on a local theater production, they
wanted me to make all the corsets in a period show. What I was told
was to price ALL the materials you are going to use, add 30-50% then
figure out what your time is worth, ex: est.hourly rate. I charged a
flat rate for the building the garments, and an extra percentage to
the house for selling the garments to the house. Outside labor
wasn't a problem, I made everything myself, but my contract was not
on as large of a scale as yours.
Make sure you allow for last minute problems!! (The night of opening,
one of the "larger" women decided to try to take off her corset
without unlacing it and bent the bust totally out of
whack...ggrrrr!!) Ask if they are willing to do anything in house.
If so, that will cut down on your costs.
Here's another question...do you have to bid on the show or do you
already have it?
Also, since the show will be on tour, make it strong!! Like, uber
strong!! Travelling shows are so hard on the costumes! Make sure
you have it in the contract wheather or not you want to own the
costumes. If you are going to own them, it will cost the house less
up front(you will be paying for some of the building), but then you
can rent it out for a profit.
When you canibalize the current garments into something new, same as
many as the scraps as you can. You never know when a little repair
patch is needed.
I think thats about it. It's early and I can't think of anything
else at this moment.
--- In TheCostumersManifesto@y..., "Sarah P"
> Hi all,costume
> As the tag-line reads, I am in need of some advice. I've worked in
> shops for the past 3 1/2 years or so, but always I was on apayroll. Now
> I'm starting on my first free-lance job and I have no clue abouthow much to
> charge. Does the materials budget come out of this number orshould I ask
> about getting a share in the show budget from the shop? If so,what
> percentage would be adequate? And what would be a reasonableamount to ask
> for labor? I don't want to quote too high a price, but I alsodon't want to
> quote too low.include wigs,
> I have three double-masks (six in all) for a Kabuki play which
> and hooded "heads" for Hare, Dormouse, and White Rabbit in "Alicein
> Wonderland". "Alice" is also in need for major alterations onclothing for
> Hare, Dormouse, and the Mad Hatter, with some pieces being choppedinto
> something else, others added. Hatter gets a new suit from the oldincluding
> a vest and tie (I like a bow-tie), Hare loses his jacket for ashirt and
> vest and his pants turn into "knickers", Dormouse gets a similaralteration
> while keeping the jacket, no vest, and "mouse-y hose" to hide theWhite
> Queen's body stocking on Mouse's legs and feet. And all to be doneby early
> The company is a local reperatory theatre that also does touring
> (are they one and the same, I don't know for certain) and is in thehttp://explorer.msn.com/intl.asp
> Southeastern U.S.
> Any suggestions?
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