How do you charge for out of state (Hawaii) wedding gig?

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Enyko

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I have a wedding colleague (a videographer) who we work with a bunch who asked me to DJ his sisters wedding in Hawaii. I know they will cover my accommodations but I'm wondering if I should charge them for the actual gig itself if they're paying for me to hang out in Hawaii for a few days? I suppose this question is somewhat asking your opinions and part what is customary - since I've never done this before.

So is it common for a client who wants you to DJ a gig out of state to pay for;
- airfare
- accommodations
- meals
- dj rental gear

and then pay us for the actual gig as well?

What are your thoughts and does this happen?

Thanks!
 

Ken Heath

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Your bills don't stop at home because you're in Hawaii!

;)

You should expect to be paid for any days you would normally be working (if it takes you away from any weekday gigs or any 'normally' booked dates).

It should pay your expenses for the days you will not be living and eating at home, minus a reasonable amount based on what you'd normally expect to spend on groceries, etc., for a comparable time period.

It should pay from door-to-door... the time you leave your home on their behalf, to the time you get home from working/travelling on their behalf.

There should be travel, lodging and per diem for the time period involved, UNLESS, YOU extend your stay into an actual vacation, then your time is your responsibility.

;)
 

Bill_Goode

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I have a friend who heads to Cancun to emcee at a resort for or five times a year, not even DJ!

They fly him to and from, put him in a nice room, cover his meals, internet, and work out a pay package for the days he is not here in the states.

Because you are not being hired by a resort, you will also need to work out ground transportation to and from the event and to and from the airport.
 

bill_smith

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Staff member
Congratulations on scoring a great gig!

I reallly, really, reeeeeeeaaaaallllllllly think you need a roadie, and depending on the time frame, I might be available;)

I agree with the advice given. Your time is valuable too.

I would charge for the gig, since they are paying the expenses needed to get you out there, on their dime. You still need to do your job and get paid.



I have a wedding colleague (a videographer) who we work with a bunch who asked me to DJ his sisters wedding in Hawaii. I know they will cover my accommodations but I'm wondering if I should charge them for the actual gig itself if they're paying for me to hang out in Hawaii for a few days? I suppose this question is somewhat asking your opinions and part what is customary - since I've never done this before.

So is it common for a client who wants you to DJ a gig out of state to pay for;
- airfare
- accommodations
- meals
- dj rental gear

and then pay us for the actual gig as well?

What are your thoughts and does this happen?

Thanks!
 

jodi

Active Member
I have a wedding colleague (a videographer) who we work with a bunch who asked me to DJ his sisters wedding in Hawaii. I know they will cover my accommodations but I'm wondering if I should charge them for the actual gig itself if they're paying for me to hang out in Hawaii for a few days? I suppose this question is somewhat asking your opinions and part what is customary - since I've never done this before.

So is it common for a client who wants you to DJ a gig out of state to pay for;
- airfare
- accommodations
- meals
- dj rental gear

and then pay us for the actual gig as well?

What are your thoughts and does this happen?

Thanks!

I've never been asked to go to Hawaii, but, I've pretty much given up trying to recoup my time and expense on "out-of" gigs, and usually turn those (flattering but exhausting) offers down. I do take one here and there that really interest me ... and Hawaii would be so cool, for sure! So would MCing for a few days at a resort....

Anyhoo, maybe I'm way off here, but because of your relationship with the bride's brother (who asked you) ... maybe you should discuss budget with him. Is that crazy? "So, I really want to go to Hawaii and DJ for your sister ... moneywise ... what do YOU think would be fair? I'm trying to work it out, and want to make sure it's win win for all of us?"

What do you think?
 

robertbenda

Active Member
I had a similar request to go to a resort in Florida (down from North Dakota). You still deserve to be paid, but if this is a little bit of a helping a friend out, AND a paid vacation; I wouldn't ask for full recompense. Air fare, hotel (3 nights), and equipment would be what I would try to cover. In and to Hawaii, I imagine that will be quite enough. Especially if it's in the winter.
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
Many years ago I had 2 outstanding offers from a "Fun" perspective, but when you did the Math, not so much.

I was offered daytime residency at "Summers" Beach Club on Dune Road in the Hamptons.

I was also offered f/t, prime-time residency at Club Med, St. Lucia.


The problems were these...Although they came during different years, I could only do either gig for the Summer...which was not a problem for the person making either offer, but the Clubs at home where I had residency wouldn't hold my spots for the Summer...which is understandable. The money for each gig wasn't bad, but given the expenses involved with each offer, it didn't equal the pay at home and ultimately would've been a loss of $.
 

jimeppes

New Member
How bout working out some trade with the video guy.....

I would do some cash.. (cash is king).

But try to get this person to trade some of their services for Yours along with the cash.


lil i'm ready for my closeup mr. demille jimmy
 
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