First of all, I love that this forum is here. I appreciate the idea of knowledge share very much.
Ok, a little backstory. I have been studying Steadicam Operation since the beginning of September from John Drop at the Savannah College of Art and Design film school. Since then, I have logged 100 hours of class time, plus set time on student sets. I estimate it at around 50 hours of actual suit time. I am now the TA for the undergrad steadicam lab class, and in that capacity I do all of the demo's as Prof. Drop teaches the new students. I performed one take of an impromptu move (Follow-->Pass by to 360-->Position 2 Lead) as a demo for a class period last week, and posted that to my Facebook. (Shadow Rig: Built out Red One, 35 mill Cine Lens, Preston Follow Focus, Position Two Monitor, Wireless Monitor Transmitter). My intent was to reach out to smaller production company's to generate a paid demo reel and continue to get more suit time.
My Goal was realized, and I have had several folks ask for my Day Rate based on the move I posted, and I was wondering what you folks thought of what I have drafted as a response. Please let me know what you think!
"Thanks for making contact! I have two day rates currently depending on the system needed to bear the camera load.