Now, I have a job - but this is some shit I cannot abide. So yes, I did reply to these JOKERS. People, stop working for free. If you are scraping in this industry, literally sacrificing friends, family, lovers for the love of movies - DON’T TOLERATE THIS SHIT.
Subject: I’m a transcriber! Wow! What a great opportunity!
Only, when I work on documentaries and reality TV shows that people actually WATCH, I get paid.
You couldn’t pony up $15/hour? You know that’s the industry standard, right? That is, if you actually want to get your transcriptions at a reasonable time.
I mean, if your documentary is sooooo high profile, you must need a quick turnover for the HOURS of interviews you must have.
Let’s say that you guys weren’t actually full of shit about your project. Let’s say you have ONE real actual high-profile subject to interview. If you’re doing it right, you might have, let’s say, 8 hours of b-roll (which transcribers don’t do - that’s a logger’s job - look, an education!), and 2 hours of interview.
Now, an industry standard transcriber, on a decent day, will have that 2 hour interview to you in about 5 hours. That’s somebody who is a touch typist, at around 80-90wpm, WITH a foot pedal. (You know transcribers use foot pedals in order to work faster, right?)
Now, that’s $75 to make sure that your editor can actually cut your HIGH-PROFILE documentary on time.
If you don’t have $75 for a transcriber, you don’t have a fucking penny for your little movie.
And please, don’t come at me with “experience,” or “networking,” or any of that bullshit. I have a network. It’s growing. I do more than transcription, I have worked in almost every corner of this industry. I know a LOT of people. (Not everybody, but apparently more than you do.)
And you know what? THEY PAY ME. There is not a person on my contacts who would call me, asking to work on spec, or deferred, or an internship. Because you are asking adult people to do adult work, but you want to treat them like children?
I’m not here to advertise my services, I would never work for you fucking people. (That “you’ll never work in this town again” shit doesn’t fly with me, either, pal.) I am letting you know that I hope and pray you aren’t on any deadlines, because with this ad? You’ll be waiting a long, long fucking time for your transcripts. Hope you have less than 2 hours of “high-profile” interviews.
I’m not afraid to let these fucking hacks know when they’re out of line. Have you ever transcribed an interview? I’ve transcribed HOURS. It is tedious, it is labor intensive, it will drive you fucking CRAZY when your field producer demands verbatim and you have to make sure you get every uh, um, like, and you know. IT IS NOT EASY. And if you want a quality transcription in a decent amount of time, without having to read it over yourself before giving to it your editor, without having to call and call and call for weeks asking Little Charlie Film School when he’s gonna get your important interview done - YOU PAY THE FUCKING $15/hour.
Hell, I’ve gone as low as $10/hour and I’m still pretty pissed about it! For CHRIST’S SAKES!