Do you get booked by the day, week, month or the project? And do you still give 1st & 2nd holds?

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Absolutely give holds. Only first and second holds, anything beyond gets absurd. A challenge has 24 hours to respond. A cancelled booked day is a 50% kill fee. These are industry standards. Anyone who complains knows better and is trying to take advantage of you. Or doesn’t know better which indicates far worse. Also no project fees if managing the client falls outside of your power - as you’re essentially agreeing to an infinite schedule. Of course if your goal is to build your portfolio then yes - do better creative jobs for whatever’s offered. Hell do them for free.


I only give a 1st hold if I’ve worked with them before and trust them.


Nahhh why give holds? All it means is you have to decline other gigs and if for some reason they no longer need you, you've now lost out on 2 gigs

Plus if it's not something that makes you want to instantly accept, might as well keep your options open in case that thing you want does come up


I don’t do holds. What happens is you agree to the hold, then hear from someone else, so you reach out to the first hold and they don’t respond (because they’re trying to figure out if they need you), meanwhile you have another job tapping their feet and are most likely going to find someone else in the time it takes you to reply. It’s a mess!


No, don't do it for free, unless it's a passion project you truly believe in. I completely disagree with that advice. Really just trying to weigh in on how many people still use holds and how long bookings tend to run. Are holds long but bookings short?

I usually give myself the first hold, if I need to use holds. I never got asked for this until around 2008 when the economy tanked. I have been permalancing but I'm about to branch back out. I also want to land bookings that are at least a week to a month long. What's the best way to frame that without shutting yourself out of the opportunity if all they have at that time is a short booking?

Freelance 1, how do you do this exactly? Like how do you negotiate a kill fee? I have been freelancing for years for big shops and not once have I encountered kill fees or holds. Including with Droga5.

It doesn’t happen often but when it does I’ve never had an issue. Sometimes I’ll mention my policy with a new client. This is why using the hold system is useful, because you get them to say “hold” or “book” in an email. If a booked day gets canceled - kill fee, because you’re turning down jobs now (in theory).

I’m new to this. Is there any good template contract I can download? Or does the agency usually provide the contract to sign? Would love to learn how you guys navigate these things

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