I don't really charge at all for my music. I only have a few people that ask for custom stuff.
> But I did have one guy who wanted me to score to his movie. It was 25minutes long, and a sfx only track. I did the first few minutes, sent it to him, and he loved it. So i continued, in about 7 minutes in and quite a bit of work, timing it perfectly to the visuals. I thought, I better update him. Sent him the track, never got a thing back at all. Nothing not a word. So I thought, fuck it. If he cant be bothered to say, "Thanks, keep going." Then I'm not going to continue.
> Ive had a few occasions where people are like I'm making a film for youtube, I need you to make something like such and such a song for a car film and i'd give you some cash. I said Ive never really done anything like that before, but was willing to give it a shot. Sent it to to him. After the first minute of creating it and he was like yeah sounds great. So since the track in the original kept repeating and altering from time to time from it's melody I practically copied the concept. I finished over 3minutes sent it to him. And he was like "Im sorry, i dont think its same enough as the original I sent you." I said how I wasn't going to copy it for reasons of copyright but can try and go down another route and try to get a more specific sound similar to it. He didnt like that, obviously and just never replied back.
> Another time I had someone making a game, he says he was needing loads of tracks for his spaceship fighter game. I must have made about 8 tracks took me a good while. From time to time i would send to him and he would reply. Then one day nothing, no reply. His project had obviously fallen apart and couldnt have the balls to tell me.
> The same thing happened with another guy, but with a medieval animation which had dragons. 2 full tracks, no animation. Just dropped out.
I decided for a while, 'unless I know you and know how dedicated you are I wont do any project for any visual-audio syncing without the visuals done already.' I know animation takes a long time. Ive been animating one project for over ten years with the last part awaiting completion. But when I get a voice actor messaging me, asking whats happening, I'll reply straight away, telling them that it's taking time because of the techniques, rendering and just general time to make it. That way they know what is going on. But I do think many of you have had worse things happen that this. The fact that some of you guys do it for a living can be stressful if people are difficult, because I know as for a long time I was freelancing Architectural Viz and Animation and some clients, even though with huge names can be a disaster.