Funny thing, pitching for a job when your company does not even exist yet. This is exactly what happened this weekend. A first pitch for a real TV commercial with a solid workload. I had my first freelance contract a few days ago, but this is for a real team. It’s from Europe. How did it get here you say?
In this business, it’s who you know. And how many you know. And who they know. VFX supervisors and producers are closer to you than you think. And they will gladly consider giving work to people they know and trust. So by just being a new interesting blip on the CG community’s radar, your start-up project makes it way through word of mouth. Suddenly you’re a potential player.
Of course, a pitch is just a pitch. In this case it’s probably just to make acquaintance, see if you’re for real and verify what the company is about (also to check the prices of course…). Nevertheless you do your homework, write a decent report, send it back and wait. Just like I was saying about meeting with investors, the worst that can happen is that they tell you “no”, with comments, remarks and even suggestions. So you can’t lose. If they say “yes” or “yes, but…” then things will get interesting…
I’ll go over the elements of a clean pitch sometime this week. It’s pretty simple really, but the devil is in the details.