A client recommended me to someone he knew so I really wanted this to work out. Plus it was right after all my other clients went cold due to COVID kicking off. It was an email correspondence.
Me: Thanks so much for the opportunity, I hear you’re looking to do something with video interviews or video podcasts, I’d love to hear more.
Client: This is going to be a great opportunity for you! We’re looking for someone to come into our studio and film 3, maybe 4 people talking. We’ll need you to light it, run audio, and film it (at least 3 cameras). Each one is 3-4 hours long and when we’re done you have to edit the audio and video so we can release it them weekly.
Me: Wow, that sounds like an interesting opportunity and a lot of work. Have you given any thought to the budget?
Client: Well that’s the thing we’re trying to be super aggressive on budget… we’ve got $500 per episode. We’re going to do a ton though, I want to do 40 or 50 the first year!
So I’d have to bring 3 cameras, wireless mics, lighting for 3 people (6 lights probably). Set it up myself (no money for an assistant), run 3 cameras and audio solo (see no money above), then break it all down and edit 4 hours together cohesively… for $500… hard pass.