File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 41

Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2005 12:38:57 EDT
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Wedding puppets?

In a message dated 9/2/05 7:15:12 AM, writes:

>Hi folks.  I've got a couple who want me to do a custom puppet show that's
>to be videotaped that will run at their wedding.   They will provide the
>script,  I provide everything else.  Hopefully there will be no building,
>as they said they want to use pre-existing puppets.    I'm not sure yet
>I will have to hire another puppeteer for an extra set of hands.  I've
>never been asked to do a show like this before.  I have no idea what to
>charge.  Any ideas?  Anyone else ever do something like this?

Dear Susan,
  I would be very wary of this project.  Most people think they can write a 
script and if a puppet "says" the lines, it will be funny, etc.  This is not 
the case.  Scripts written by non-puppeteers are often completely 
may have to re-write the whole thing just to make it palatable.  I've been 
pulled into these types of projects for trade shows, anniversaries, etc.  I've 
placed my own professional reputation on doing this kind of project and was 
always sorry I accepted the job.  It would not matter how much they paid, if you 
felt embarrassed or ashamed of the final quality of your work, the audience 
would feel the same.  Jim Gamble

BUT If you must do it, figure your time, double it, then multiply by your 
artist rate....$30, 50-100 per hour.  JG
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