Well Im moving closer into town this year with my gf. We’re getting a loft in Houston. There are of course pros and cons. The pros being that I will be closer into town to do events and hopefully be able to drum up more business. The Con I lose my workshop in the process and have to fit it all into one room. Which mean there is no chance of growing as an artist until I can afford a house when Im like a 150. I won’t be able to work late at night on certain projects because I could disturb neighbors. There will be no way in hell I can get a chop saw now and start building my own stands. I feel like I won’t be able to ever learn vacuum forming or have a place to do it. I feel like Im going to have to turn down so many jobs because I no longer have a space to work on many things at once. This all leads me to think that all I’m going to get to do is work as a face painter at children’s birthday parties and body paint cause I will only have space for those supplies and nothing else. Right now I feel like going to school for makeup fx, interning at a creature shop was all a waste of time. I feel like Im taking a step back to instead of moving forward. I hate to sounds like I’m spoiled but, its taken 9 years to get to where I am now and I feel like being thrown back to when I was 19 and had no space to do anything that I learned in school. Right now I literally feel like just giving it all up and going back into retail because with my work shop I feel like I won’t make enough money on just body painting alone. I hate to say this and sound like a teenager but FML.
The topic of working for a credit came up the other day in conversation, and it got under my skin cause it lead me to think of other topics of working for free. I do makeup and costumes for a living, its a struggle sometimes but I enjoy my career choice. Being an artist pays my bills, provide food on the table, and put away in savings. Just like anyone else’s job. What I don’t understand are movie makers in this town. They want to make a movie with makeup or costumes to drive large portions of the movie but aren’t willing to spend a dime on supplies or the labor. But they act like they’re doing you a favor by giving you a credit. lol A couple of years back I had a movie “director” wanted to discuss whether I wanted to get a credit in his movie or work for compensation. Hmm let me think. How about both? I never heard from that guy again. Then a friend of mine told me that I was getting a bad reputation around town. The reputation is no one wanted to work with me because I charged the actual price of labor and supplies instead of doing it for free. Look thats fine I understand it costs money to make a movie and you have to save where you can but don’t insult me with a credit.
Now lets move on to “club promoters”, It seems if you hang out long enough at a club you’re deemed a promoter. Just because you can get your friends to come hang out at a club doesn’t make you a promoter. You can throw a stone anywhere in Midtown and hit a promoter of some sort organizing the next big event of the century! Now don’t get me wrong I there are a lot of great club organizers in town but Im talking about the guys that don’t know shit about working in the entertainment industry. This is my favorite line… ” We can’t pay you but it would get you a lot of exposure!” Aw yes exposure! I need some of that at the club, those drunk sluts spilling their drinks are at the club to appreciate my art.
This leads me to “Club Kids”…. Im not talking about the kids that go to the club and then lead productive lives in the real world. Im talking about the people that live for being in the club and thats all they eat, sleep, and think about. These people have no money but want you the artist to make them look cool for nothing! These club goers usually work for the so called promoters of the club. Just like the promoters they think that you need exposure in a dark club. Over the years I’ve had club kids call me and ask me to paint them up head to toe for an event and ask me how much that would cost. Then theres the long awkward pause after the price bomb lands. Then it comes, it never fails…” I didn’t know thats what it cost that much. Well can you paint me and what I can do is hand out your business cards at the club! It will get you a lot of exposure!” Yes it will with the janitorial staff that sweeps the dozens of business cards off the floor. Yes here my young friend let me paint you up with my supplies then hand over a box of my business cards, cause I know you’ll be sober enough to hand them out. Hell why don’t I pay you! Cause this is a great deal for the exposure in a dark club, among the sea of people!!
Today is my first day back in the workshop since the end of January, wow does time fly!! LOL I cleaned up a bit and organized all the tools back where they need to go. I have a busy week ahead of me, I have to finish off two costumes and start two new Cirque outfits for my own collection. I have a zombie/demon sculpt that needs to be finished and cast. I’ll film the process and post it up for everyone!
Well after a year of taking the leap of going out on my own as a freelance artist, its time for taxes. The past year was great and I made some great money, enough to actually live off, pay bills and put away into savings. Even with it being a great first year Im dreading what Im going to end up owing to the government. Ugh… Well thats the way it goes I suppose.