April 1, 2016 at 6:13PM

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How do I ask for a higher rate at a Bay Area studio I've been editing for recently?

I started freelancing at a really small (~5 people) copywriting/creative studio back in August. I had just graduated from university in May, so this was my first jump into editing at a proper studio. I started off as an assistant editor, doing just basic logging, rough cuts, minor color. For this, my rate was $250/10.

However, after having me in here and there at that rate, I think they realized that I can handle larger projects, so they ended up bringing me in for a month so that I could design a 1.5 minute motion graphics piece, meaning I did everything from story boarding, pitching to their client, building graphics in Illustrator, doing voiceover, and animating the whole thing. It was a low budget project, and this was my first time doing an animation of this scale, so I stayed at $250. The project ended up going really, really well, and the animation I did was a lot more complicated than they were expecting from me.
However, more recently, they've been bringing me in as the sole editor on the videos they've been doing. No assistant or anything, just me working with a director and putting whole videos together. Once it was just editing, then sending it off for color and final mixing, but for the other video, I was in charge of eeeeeverything (another low budget project).

I've talked to another freelancer who said that for editing, a rate of $350/10 is reasonable. Is it too soon to ask for a higher rate? Is $250/10 just fine? I don't want to get into an awkward position of asking for more if it'll come off as inappropriate. It's just hard to know how to navigate through these things since I haven't been doing this for very long and I don't know many freelancers. I've been there for a total of four full projects, and in and out for small things here and there.

Any thoughts would be really appreciated.

Tldr; I've been doing a lot of work at the same studio for a while now, but I started at a low rate. My work has gotten more intense and I'm wondering whether it'd be appropriate to ask for a higher rate.

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Do not ASK for a rate, you are not an employee, you offer your service at the rate you SET!

Set your rate by what you find economically justified unless it is for a non-profit or other special project!

April 1, 2016 at 6:46PM

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