I subscribe to the Edge-ucation Newsletter published by Edge Studio in New York and frequently find articles that I clip and showcase here in the class blog. The one that came in today may be a little advanced for an introductory class, with people who may decide that VO is just not the right path to sacks of money.
But, for those of you who do want to know some tips on avoiding confusion when it comes to the invoicing, this is a must read article. (http://www.edgestudio.com/voice-over-free-career-center-newsletter – look for the article Overcoming 8 Invoicing Issues with Clients)
It’s all about understanding what it is you do – and making sure that this is spelled out before you record the project. Too many times – and I am guilty of this myself – we are in such a hurry to record – so thrilled that this new client found us and has booked us for a project – that we end up not discussing all of the relevant details and when it comes time to invoice…well – let’s just put it this way – the client will sometimes have questions about the amount that ends up on the bill.
This is another reason why – if you are lucky enough to live in an area where agents are still being used – and you are talented enough to get one of those agents – you let the agent do the talking with the client about the money. This is their job! They understand all of the possible uses and issues that might come up with a job – and can provide the buffer between you and the client.
But, the reality is, we do more and more work directly with the client, so we HAVE to know what the pitfalls may be when we tally up the bill.
Always discuss USE – who will see this, how will it be played, where will it be played, how long will it be played. These will affect what you should get to do the project. The longer the shelf-life and the more eyeballs – the more you should get.
The newsletter has a long list of things to consider. I suggest that you consider signing up for the newsletter. The more you know about the business, the easier it will be to start collecting those sacks of money.