Lesson learnt. Thai mural project – no go
So, heres what went down with the mural project girls.
Because this was such a big project – (the restaurant walls I was working with were about 46 feet across and 16ft high) which translated into lots of money, and free advertising! I decided I really wanted to get this job. So, I did a lot of the legwork for free – well, all the leg work.
I spent time researching coral reefs, islands, fish etc. – a lot of time I might add. Also, I did up the sample board for free. The sample board was done so that I would get an idea of what the wall would look like. All I had to do after that was use a grid system to transfer the little painting onto the wall.
I showed the “boss” everything. He loved it and gave me the go ahead. And then came the money part! I told him I needed 50% upfront – which is what is recommended – (if any of you girls get commissioned for this kind of thing). I was charging him $10600. This included all the materials that I had to buy, as well as renting the scaffolding for a mth. I gave him a deadline of 28 days. Working about 5 hrs a day. About $80 an hour.
Anyway, the guy wanted to pay me $2500 every two weeks, which wouldn’t have covered paint, scaffolding etc, and I thought best to decline, because I was sure I wouldn’t see anymore money
after I started.
Also, the guy probably got cold feet.
Lessons learned – I’m glad I did the sample board, because now I know I can work outside my “niche”. I gave it my all, and stressed and worried if I would be able to pull it off. And, I did. I was able to research, and put together something so completely different for me, and all under a deadline!! I’m also glad that I didn’t do the project under anybody else’s terms.
Some people charge a fee for sample boards. IN this case I decided against it, as it was more important for me to try and get the job first. I also thought it would be a great experience for me – which it was. So, no regrets with that. One thing though, I did get a little carried away and bought some stuff that I would only use once I started the actual mural.
The big thing that I realised with this whole thing, was that I could expand and do murals- not just easel painting. So, I’m working on some drawings for two murals for my own home sweet home!