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JJ Hersh

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How to ask about pay for a gig
« on: Feb 19, 2016, 10:13 pm »
I'm returning to a theater company who I worked with last season and haven't been informed what\if I will be paid. Is there a good way to bring this up without ruffling feathers? Last year I was paid 100 a week, which was fine, but I've been given no indication that that will be the case this year. Additionally, last year I never got a contract, which made me uncomfortable. Is there a good way to breach this subject without seeming untrusting?
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Re: How to ask about pay for a gig
« Reply #1 on: Feb 20, 2016, 02:24 am »
I would say something like "would you mind writing up the details this year in advance so I have something official for my records?"

You will most likely need something for your tax return anyway, hopefully that would help you start a conversation about pay. It shouldn't ruffle any feathers, you just have to be bold & bring it up.

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Re: How to ask about pay for a gig
« Reply #2 on: Feb 25, 2016, 12:52 am »
Though there it isn't stage management focused, the blog Ask A Manager has given me a lot of insight into how to be professional but straight forward about things like that, and just great employment/contract tips in general. Might give you some thoughts on how to approach it.
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