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Ah, yes…the infamous rate question. So many factors affect an AE’s rate and it really depends what area of the industry you are working in: reality, scripted, commercials, feature, etc.
What I am about to say is solely MY opinion about rates. This may ruffle some feathers, but I really think that stuff like this needs to be discussed, especially amongst AEs.
Time and time again, in the last few interviews or so, I have been told “Oh, we have a fair and competitive rate” only to be told that the rate is $1k a week. For a 10 to 12-hr day (and let’s be honest, we usually go over those hours). APPALLING. Honestly, it’s an insult not only to ME, but to the job itself. I get that each production’s budget varies and I get that each post supervisor (hopefully) does the best s/he can to pay their AEs fairly, but it’s disgusting. And some people see this as me whining, being “greedy” with my rate. Sorry, but no. I’d like to just be compensated fairly for all the work that I do.
The “job requirements” of an AE these days requires that I know every codec and video format possible (as each crew feels they should be using the latest and greatest camera and 96.7% of the time don’t know how to use it), to be able to problem solve for EVERYTHING (even if it’s unrelated to my department), handle anywhere from 4-32 Editors (don’t even ask…), multiple producers, the production crew, outside vendors, keep all the media organized, make sure nothing explodes, all while trying to sync/multigroup footage so the editors can actually work.
$1000-1200/week is what I would consider a “green” rate for an AE, i.e. someone fresh out of college with very minimal AE experience to his/her belt. I know of jobs paying even less than these rates. And time and again, I know of places paying these rates that have a high turn-around of AEs and complain that they can’t find any “good” AEs and I bite my tongue, wanting to say “You get what you pay for” and it’s true.
Sadly, some people are desperate for a job and will take these low rates. I am in NO WAY judging or cutting down those who do accept these jobs, we have all been there at one point or another during our careers. But accepting these jobs also says “We’re ok with this,” and we shouldn’t be. I have walked away from gigs offering low rates, despite being hard up for work. I know that I have to stand up for myself and fight to get paid for my skills and the hard work that I do.
So to answer your question, a decent AE rate to ME (and this is for an AE with at least a years’ experience) should start at $1500/week.
Let the debate begin!
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Rest in Peace Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014).
Rita: “Excuse me, is this some kind of a trick?”
Phil: “Well maybe the real God uses tricks. You know, maybe he’s not omnipotent and he’s just been around so long he knows everything.”
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They do wait for me to get out of the shower though.