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    How much do storyboard artists earn?

    A few years ago I submitted my portfolio to a couple of agencies in LA area. I got into the 'backup roster', which means nothing. I got some offers from the other agency but I kicked the chance. Now I am taking a couple of storyboard-related classes and I plan to submit a new portfolio around this May.

    I am just curious. If I get into their regular roster, how much do I work and how much do I earn? I hope I can make living wages. I live 50 miles east of LA and It's really difficult to commute to Los Angeles area. (think about all the gas money) And...I still live at home.

    I know a few storyboard artists who work without an agency, and I am amazed how they can find gigs.

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    How much work - none to as much as you can handle. Expect closer to none at first. And get ready to go to meetings.

    How much money - none to as much as you can charge with a straight face. Expect near none when you start. Storyboarding is a very social job, so knowing how to listen and visually explore what's being said (often with patience) is very important.

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    368 people visited the topic and practically none provided the answer... I believe that agency-based storyboard artists make some decent wages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogidolim View Post
    368 people visited the topic and practically none provided the answer... I believe that agency-based storyboard artists make some decent wages.
    depends on skill and who they work for

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    storyboard artists have been hit by people giving away their services for minimum wage computer generated crap just like everyone else. So yeah what Diarum says.
    Go over to storyboard central and read about it.

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    Heh. We call that the "nephew effect" -- aw, I have a nephew who will build a perfectly good website for nothing. I have a nephew who will write that magazine article for twenty bucks. I have a nephew who will draw your book cover for...well, you get the idea.

    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    storyboard artists have been hit by people giving away their services for minimum wage computer generated crap just like everyone else. So yeah what Diarum says.
    Go over to storyboard central and read about it.
    Many thanks for the link.

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    I know a guy who makes a living as a storyboard artist alone, and several who who work as storyboard artists in conjunction with other jobs like design, layout, animation and illustration.
    I don't know how much they make but they have families and mortgages so it's got to be a living wage.
    In the mean time it doesn't hurt to diversify your interests.

    If your down with jumping on the computer generated band wagon (working faster > slower) Storyboard pro is a nice program.

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    I know that im a new guy here, but its the cliche of, no matter whatjob you are doing if your the best at it and you provide quality then money wont be an issue.

    But thats in extreme highly motivated cases lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhubix View Post
    I know a guy who makes a living as a storyboard artist alone, and several who who work as storyboard artists in conjunction with other jobs like design, layout, animation and illustration.
    I don't know how much they make but they have families and mortgages so it's got to be a living wage.
    In the mean time it doesn't hurt to diversify your interests.

    If your down with jumping on the computer generated band wagon (working faster > slower) Storyboard pro is a nice program.
    AFAIK, getting into an agency is darn near impossible. From my own experience it's mostly about perseverance and LUCK. Well, some people say getting the contract with a storyboard agency is like winning a lottery in LA.

    And BTW, I hate those pooter-generated sotryboard images. I'd rather use my Copic markers and thick ball-point pens.

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    Don't forget how the 'net has made global hiring much easier -what's a living wage for someone living in NYC or LA is not the same as someone homesteading in OK or living in Columbia.

    There are also 3d storyboard programs as well as Google Sketchup - most studios have gone in that direction.

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