|Posted by mstiffy on July 30, 2009 at 1:54 PM|
As dancers, dance instructors, and choreographers it is so important to have a business mind. You have to protect yourself first, because in this business you can get messed over very quickly. Sadly, I have experienced this several times. I wanted to focus this month on the importance of protecting yourself as an independent contractor doing choreography.
Whether you know it or not, as a choreographer you are considered to be an independent contractor. You are hired by a studio, gym, music artist ect., to provide an original work of choreography. Before being booked by the company to provide services, you must have all of your paper work in order.
I understand that we sometimes come across opportunities that we feel are once in a lifetime, or something that would really better our businesses. No matter how excited we are about the opportunity, we have to slow down and think. The more excited you are, the more your common sense is blocked, and you can make stupid decisions. Not to sound rude, but it's very true. I have experienced this myself first hand.
Be specific as possible when preparing your contract. Leave no room for loopholes. If you can, get a lawyer to look over it, I suggest you do so. Make sure that each contract is specific to the employer. You can have a standard contract to work from, that can be tweaked for each gig.
This is an open blog! Please respond and let me know if I have left something out or if you have more to add. Also, if you have questions, feel free to ask away!
Stayed tuned! Next month we will talk about protecting yourself as a dance instructor.