I’ve been working in-house for a year now, but my most important survival tip for work is to not work without a contract. Even if it’s brief – just make sure both sides are clear on scope, cash, distribution rights and number of revisions. It will save you so many headaches later on.

It's shocking how many artists work on blind faith with randos, send over highres final files, and then just kind of hope that it will work out - recipe for disaster and very preventable.

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It doesn't have to be complicated either, for a small commission you can just write your names and addresses, a short description of the commission, deadline, what it will be used for (private, commercial, in what context), and how often changes can be requested. Sign and date, scan and email. Half a page, will take you 20 min to set up.

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