This is what I don't get. Our kit as togs amount too several hundred thousand rands. If you calculate everything together cameras, lenses, lights etc. it can easily exceed R300k. Just a couple of weeks ago Matt's one bag got stolen. R150k down the drain. Do not give me the line, but your gear lasts you a life time, no they don't. I find the prosumer cameras you need too upgrade round about every 2 years, your pro cameras every 3 years. These come at a huge expense. Lenses, you also need to keep up to date. I still have lenses from the film days. They used to be awesome on my old FM2, but face it, the new lenses are just so much better. Those you need too upgrade every 4 years. Lighting equipment. I still have a couple of Elinchrom 500s and they do great work even after a couple of repairs. And yes I can do a lot of work with just 3-4 lights, but it is also not uncommon for me to use up to 40 lights for one shoot. Yes, these I do rent, but if I continue down the road I am going it is better that I rather buy them and charge client for rental.
Back to TFCD. Like I said togs kit goes up too several R100k how is it then than MUAs, where the average kit comes too about R50k get to charge a kit fee on TFCD work but we don't?
For that reason for TFCD work I mainly work with the girls at the MAC counters unless I need airbrushing or special effects make up done, then I do have my preferred suppliers. The MAC girls gives me the service that I need and I get product for my wife at less than most MUAs charge as kit fee.
What ends up happening: through this kit fee the MUAs are isolating themselves. I don't know your work, so why the hell should I use you when I do a paid shoot?
Come on TFCD is there for creatives to get together and hone their skills, to try out new possibilities. To really drive this train forward we all need too pitch in and put in some time for the love of art.
Yes, I do agree I won't expect an award winning MUA to come work for me that has no award behind my name. In the end we need to compare apples with apples here.
This should also not be unlimited. I agree if you cannot convince a client of your work standard within 3-5 shots, you won't convince them in a 100. The same goes for the MUA delivering TFCD services too a tog. 3-5 try's should be ample. If by then he doesn't have his act together and is not producing paid work, you know it's time too move on.
Sorry lets do this on another thread. Sorry for the hijack.