What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Ask to see their portfolio, or examples of their previous work. Also make sure you get a consultation and bring pictures to showcase exactly what you want, as sometimes it's hard to communicate exactly what is wanted without pictures and that way you can make sure both you and the artist are on the same page.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish clients understood how expensive tools and product in this industry are. I know there are a ton of artists out there that overcharge for their work as well, but all of the equipment and products we use are BETTER than what you would typically buy in a grocery store and cost us more than you would think.