A local tv station is hiring for a full time video editor for a one year contract in Toronto, Canada. I also have my own broadcast design and post production company with my own suite at home. The station does half hour segments. I'm not sure what the going rates are. 1) What is the going wage to expect for full time video editors at tv stations on contract? 2) What is the going wage if I work from home with my own suite? Are the wages different? Should I be negotiating more if I use my own suite?
The station probably has the rate in mind. When I hire folks on a one year contract, I already have the figure in mind. I would start by putting in your resume and asking them what the rate is. It will be lower than your standard daily rate because they are hiring you for a guaranteed one year contract.
Should I be charging more to use my gear? or the same price in what ever they are offering? I guess that they already have a dollar amount in there head. What would the price difference be with my gear and me without my gear? for this one year contract job from the tv station.
Re: rates by Alex Elkins on May 12, 2009 at 11:28:20 am
[johnsabbath d'urzo]"they have there own gear they might just say come into our studio if they would have to pay more."
The benefit to them of using your own equipment is that their equipment is available for other jobs. That is why it's acceptable for you to charge more. However, they may have absolutely no other use for it, in which case they won't care that you have other equipment. Plus, given that it's a year long contract you can expect that a producer will want to sit in with you over those months. They're unlikely to want to have to travel to your place, and it's going to be difficult to bring all your gear over to them.
I work full-time for a company 85 miles from my house. I have my own gear but it is not at all convenient for me to work from home as far as the people paying me are concerned.
The bottom line is you have to speak to the company and find out what they expect to pay, and where they expect you to work. See if it sounds good to you.
Here's my experience with local stations: You'll get bupkis and you'll like it. Forget the kit rental. They'll never bite. They are going to want to sign you to something that pays a flat probably, no OT. It's probably going to work out to betwen $25 and $40 p/hr depending on your experience. They are probably going to offer other features of a compensation package as well. That'll be it. And it will be take it or leave it. There are 500 editors in the greater Toronto area. Local TV is paying peanuts these days because they are making NOTHING.
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