Don't Screw Yourself (Get a Contract) offers advice on ways to protect yourself BEFORE you sign your next contract. When a big job comes along it's natural to get excited and sometimes that excitement commits you to a project before you've taken the time to properly ask enough questions to fully understand what you're getting yourself into. More often than not, that can lead to frustration and disappointment at best, a loss of money at worst.
While aimed primarily at editors and the Post Production, creative professionals from all aspects of the industry can learn from Walter how to be better prepared for their next big project. He reveals what creative pros need to know and ask before taking on their next big post project. It's knowledge gained in over 20 years experience cutting and supervising projects from broadcast to corporate. Along the way he's "been there, done that" with just about every type of client situation imaginable.
Part 1 looks at the path to the "Big Project."
Part 2 looks at Defining Roles, both for you and for your client.
Part 3 examines the roles of people on the project including you and your team and your client.
Part 4 discusses strategies after you've had your initial project discussion with the client.
Part 5 starts the discussion on strategies for pricing your services.
Part 6 continues the discussion on money, more importantly, ensuring you get paid for your services.