I don’t have an answer.
A lot of answers, maybe.
What to do about the project that’s not particularly interesting creatively and doesn’t offer enough pay to make it interesting?
I try to take “how much not enough money?” and weigh that against “how creatively uninteresting?” I suppose creating a numeric scale for this would be the best thing. With work for the Mitt Romney campaign being a flat ZERO in the interest scale and $1000 being and ZERO on the not enough money scale.
Admittedly, if Mitt came knocking with a bag full of $100 bills I wouldn’t think twice. That’s how you bring jobs back to America!
The scale would make everything scientific, at least. Then the potential client could be turned away with a polite, “I’m sorry to inform you that your project has been evaluated as a 7 on the Farnsworth scale…”
The difficulty comes in with other factors. The personality of the potential client. The ease of production. The status level.
Status level. Doing work for a “7″ slated for Sundance has added value. A “7″ destined for the client’s bat mitzvah -not so much.
The possibility of future work and relationships factor in. It actually happens -rarely -that helping someone on an uninteresting, poorly paying project leads to decent work. Predicting the future is impossible. Someone who has a track record, and who is in a position to contract projects with regularity would grade higher than a person with no track record and no prospects.
I think I’ll use this number scale in the future.
The first two factors money/interest rate from 1 to 10, the rest 1 to 5.
That gives a range of 6 to 40. Maybe the threshold can be 25.
Anybody have any thoughts or suggestions?