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Free art versus commercial art

What's your stand on the question of the commerciality of art? Does commercial art fulfill the idea (or the ideal) of art or is it merely a business meant to rake in money on consumers that appear to ...
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Secondary forms of revenue as a sound designer

I hope that, like me, you're all enjoying the new SSD format. I have another question about sales pipelines that I hope you might be able to help me with. When the dedicated sound design projects ...
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How many projects are you working on at once?

Hi all, I'm just in the middle of revising my business plan and one thing I've started to consider when planning ahead is just how many projects you tend to have in the pipeline at once. Do you ...
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Do you have competitors?

Do you compete with someone or something (in the line of work that you do or in the business that you run)? Can you name your competitors (not meaning 'list them here', but whether the competitors ...
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Politely telling a client that their film is terrible and you don't want to work on it?

I feel like this must be a common scenario, but here you go. You are approached with a film, as always the Producers/Director tell you the budget is tight as is the deadline. They immediately go ...
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Research on independent / freelance sound designers

Hi all, I'm in the process of setting myself up as a sole trader for sound design services in the south east of England. I've been freelancing for a couple of years and operate a relatively humble ...
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Awkward Sound Recording Contracts

I'm going to be working a gig for a month as a sound recorder with an employer I've worked with before. We have agreed on a fee for the days planned and what my responsibilities will be. This has all ...
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impact of democratization of technology on audio companies/freelancers

Times are always "a-changing" but we are in the middle (or tail end) of big change with respect to digital/technology service-oriented companies. I know from personal experience that this is a hot ...
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Does it stay this fun?

I'm really just starting out in the world of Sound Design and I'm having a blast so far. I worked on a web series (for free, of course) and it turned out to be quite demanding as far as sound goes. I ...
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Defining the completion of your services in written terms/contract?

Couldn't find any other posts on: how to define the end/completion of the services you were contracted for. Thought it might be a good topic to discuss. However, if there are any good threads already ...
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Have you ever turned down work for moral reasons?

I just had to turn down a paying gig and possibly piss off some important people because I had serious moral issues with the film I was set to work on. Now, I don't want to pass judgement on other ...
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Do you charge late/cancellation fees?

I have found myself in a situation where we are not really working under contracts. I am approached about working on a project, I say sure, and I am handed an OMF. There is email communication, but ...
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Creating a Music Sample Library - Advice & Ideas required

Hi Audio Professionals, I would like to develop a Music Sample Library but then i have a couple of doubts mainly on the business side, before I start working on it. Ok, now lets assume that i have ...
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International Partnerships

If an online business is set up with one founder in the USA and the other in Canada, anyone know what kind of business license and taxes you have to pay for such a endeavor? Its an Online only, no ...
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Business Cards / Titles

When networking and marketing, one of the most common ways to introduce yourself or pass along your contact information is through business cards. I'm wondering though, since the sound industry has ...
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Getting into business after 25? .)

Guys, hi there! How do you think, what is the probability of successful getting into industry if I'm a bit late? .))) The fact is that I'm a PhD in robotics, which means that I've got a decent ...
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No contract flake

What would you do if a director keeps flaking on giving you a contract/crew form to get your slice of the pie? It's one of my first professional projects.
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What are Your Preferred Bit/Sample Specs for Commercial Libraries?

Over the past 10 years I've been making most of my living doing stock libraries, patches, virtual instruments etc which were geared pretty specifically toward musicians. These days though, I'm doing ...
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Contract examples

Can anyone provide some basic contract examples that you work under? I am in the difficult position of exiting an internship. I am at the point where I am just doing work, not sitting in on sessions ...
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Coupons as gifts

This is not spam, though I know it looks like it by the title. I've heard a lot, recently, about freelancers giving out coupons for their services as gifts, and I REALLY like the idea (give it to ...
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How do you work with contracts?

Exactly as the title says, how do you work with contracts? Not the type that come into you, but the type that you send to other people. Do you email them a contract to sign and fax back to you, mail ...
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How do you bill for video game sound effects?

To this point in my career, I've dealt with billing in one of two ways: 1) by the completed minute, which works great for music and full cinematic sound design 2) by the individual sound effect. With ...
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The Value of Home Studios in The Professional World

I dream of the day when I can telecommute. Wake up, stroll across my backyard to the studio and begin my workday of mixing, editing, and recording. Because on that day, I don't have to live wherever ...
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How do you respond to requests to work for free?

We all get them; projects that have been shot with no budget or self funded, which have been cut on a friends Final Cut system in a spare room & suddenly they want to finish the film & need ...
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How to make money with sound design.

I've enjoyed recording samples and playing with audio as a hobby for quite a while now. Recently I purchased a zoom h2 and the quality of the recordings are just great. What I'm curious about, is how ...
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