Hi Simon,Thanks for your comments. As I say the quality of work will hopefully be very different.Thankfully, I don't rely on a select few clients like a lot of artists do and I feel for them, its just the being undercut that has annoyed me mostly, I don't have any problem with someone requiring another artist for a different style, hell I'll even suggest one for them but girls / guys who are deliberately offering silly rates and ruining the business there in and everyone else's I find very annoying.
. Over the last few days I have found out that 2 of my most regular clients have booked other artists due to them severely undercutting my rates. One saying I'll do you 2 full days for £160! The other working for travel and images.
Clearly they don't realise that when they undercut the whole business suffers these clients used to book me at least twice a month and now I fear they will never come back with the other artists working on a equivalent of £8 to 10 / hour or nothing.
personally I would be more annoyed at the clients that let them know your rates
Unfortunatley you cant stop this happening. I always get: "well My last make up artist used to charge me this ...." Perhaps they are so new to the business they have no idea what to charge. A lot of them are pulling a fast one but some feel the need to tell me what there other artists are charging when I dont really care as im running my business not theres.
I have just been pointed out an artist on this site charging £50 for a full day that is the equivalent to £6.25 / hour a similar rate to working on a check out at Aldi, except you dont need £3,000 worth of kit and hundreds or thousands of pounds of training!
Hi Claire As someone who worked with you for the first time recently (and an amatuer to boot) I'd like to add that price wasnt the main consideration for me. When I took advice from others, they all said I should be speaking to you for help in getting the best shots I could. I'm glad I took their advice on board, and yours during the shoot as well. I shoot purely for enjoyment, there's no plan to sell anything and I rarely do TF, so it's usually what I want to do. Whatever makes it easier to get a better result is what I'm going to go for. To me, thats quality of work in that area over price every time.
Its a tight rope really, especially when there are alot of ametuers peaople who do it as a hobby
but these people wont be able to sustain these jobs they will either run out of kit, quality wont be as good or they will realise they are suckers
I think that's outrageous and completely sympathise with your anger & frustration.
First of all how can they afford to do that? They will then end up seriously out of pocket, and then not being able to charge enough to make money as once they out their prices up to a reasonable rate I bet their clients then move on.
But, and most importantly I feel, it is rude and highly unprofessional to knowingly undercut someone. This industry is so small that you can almost guarantee at some point you will come across the artist/designer you have undercut; word will get round that that is how you run your business and suddenly all your work will dry up as no-one want to work with someone who undermines the business, hard work & effort that professional (I mean this in terms of attitude as well as ability) MUAs put into their work.
Grrr! Ooh it makes me cross!