Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I creatively produce moving images that can either help advertise and market to your targeted audiences, or provide digital information creatively through video/animation.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Tequila commercial "Agave Underground" which is currently airing on ESPN (end time Oct 31).
Luna Bar ID Logo animation (client One Lens Media)
Webisode animation intro for Julianne Stitick. (client: ExVoto Media.)
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Just be friendly, provide sufficient information, what you would like to see (provide a good reference to what you've seen before that looked really cool and I'll find ways to incorporate it to your project), and (if any) provide logo in a suitable format (Vector is best).
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I would want to see first hand how rebranding or professionally having a logo done will increase my profit as a business.
My secret: I will present to you a little research with other small businesses, ones that had a professional come in and build their logo (id's) vs. businesses that hired a student or amateur to do the same thing, the results 5 years later and how much their profits went up because of it. A logo or design is not just a graphic, it's your stamp, your businesses identity. This is the first thing clients see when they look for you. It MUST reflect on who your are and what you represent as a business.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Where can I see your work, can you provide a reel?
I'm not sure what I need, can you provide me more information on what exactly that you do?
What is the quickest way to contact you?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Should have the idea in place, possibly a storyboard and or reference on a specific style they like or elements (could be picture, words, etc) they could see incorporate into the project. A budget should be specifically set to this part of the production and presented to the artist during negotiations. A solid deadline to when the work needs to be done.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I pay attention to detail, sometimes I'll finesse the smaller things within the project to make it that much greater vs. another designer trying to get it done with minimal effort.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I like figuring out problems, challenges that a client will give me for a design. I love to solve problems, love it even more when no one has thought of it before.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. "How much will it cost?"
My answer: I'll work within your budget, however, you get what you pay for. How much would you want to invest on making your logo or video that represents your business look to potential clients? The better it looks, the more it will attract not only new clients, but higher paying ones.