How to decide if you should take a job

Don’t use this technique to decide if you take a job.

Rent is due:
Today is the 1st and rent is due. It seems to come up more often than it should. I feel like I just paid rent yesterday, or was it last month? Anyway, I can’t complain, even if Los Angles rental prices are a bit high.

When you are new to the business, you work for free. It’s expected. It’s understood. You do it to get experience, networking, build your portfolio and your resume. After a while you start to charge. Because I have bills to pay, I can’t just work for free anymore. Unfortunately there isn’t any set rate for non-union makeup artist, so I have to negotiate for every job depending on the level of work, supplies and time needed. I am still working on the art of negotiation. What you charge is up to you, but if each job you take has two out of three of these, you will be doing pretty good.

3 reasons you should take a job:

  1. It pays your normal rate or higher
  2. There is a networking opportunity that could lead to other jobs
  3. The makeups you create would benefit your portfolio

Pay: This one is obvious. Money is pretty straight forward. Even if the pictures won’t help your portfolio, if you need to pay the rent, then this may take precedence.

Networking: This industry is all about who you know. Don’t get me wrong, you need skills, but if you don’t know the right people, it’s hard to get ahead. You have to decide if the people connected to the project are connected enough to help you get another project.

Portfolio: If they are not offering you the pay that you want, you have to ask yourself if the makeup you are creating is something that will enhance your portfolio. If your portfolio is more geared toward special fx and that’s all you want to do, then adding beauty makeup looks may not help you.

Here’s to always getting the rate you ask, always getting great pics for your portfolio and meeting the right people to move forward in your career!

Please feel free to leave comments and let me know what you are thinking. I would love to hear from you!

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