Retainer Position - Pay Scale

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  1. carllib

    carllib Member

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    Hello All,

    I apologize if this has been asked before, but I couldn't find anything in my searches. I have been approached by a small community theater to consider being on retainer as a 'consultant.' From the brief conversations we have had they need someone to review design plans, make recommendations for equipment purchases, and provide general technical theater knowledge. I am wondering if anyone has experience with doing a job like this and what the pay scale would look like.

    As a bit of information, I have been working in technical theater for about 10 years. I have worked in a number of different capacities including Technical Direction, Design, Production Management, and Audio Visual. I am having a meeting with them towards the end of the week and have been racking my brain on where to start. I appreciate any help you can provide.

    Thank you!
     
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    ruinexplorer Sherpa CB Mods Premium Member Fight Leukemia

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    Being that they are a small community theater, they probably won't be able to offer much. I have never been in this position, so this will be a shot from the hip. My guess is that you should estimate an average of how many hours a month you will likely spend working with them and then multiply that by the hourly wage you feel is fair for your market. You could put in a clause that should you be required in excess of X number of hours that they would be billed per hour after that. This way they don't take advantage of you beyond what you expect.
     
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    Thank you for the thoughts. That is what I was thinking.
     

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