This week we’re talking to James Cork, 36, who works as a London-based film and television support artist and as a “handyman” through the DIY service platform Taskrabbit.
Normal monthly income:
£ 2,000-£ 2,500
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Regular monthly transmission:
Rent / mortgage: £ 0 (I take care of my older aunt), Council tax: £ 182, utility: £ 210, Broadband / landline: £ 63, mobile phone: £ 30, Home insurance: £ 62, Car insurance: 128 pons with 2 units, Life insurance: £ 61, water: £ 50, Grocery: £ 500, Gasoline and transportation: £ 160, Gift: £20, Streaming service: £ 24, Other subscriptions: £ 96.06
total: £ 1586.06
I’ve been working as a general handyman through Taskrabbit since 2018, doing minor home repairs, flat pack furniture assembly, TV installations and more.
In addition to this, I also work as an “extra” Movies and TV.. Supporting artists are the people you see in the background to bring your work to life.I have been working Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalkers Open the curtain of Freddie Mercury (played by Rami Malek) in Wembley Bohemian Rhapsody A movie released in 2018.
I grew up in SwitzerlandBut my dad is British and I moved to England forever in 2009. I live in southern London with my wife and three children, and I have a fourth on the way. I live with an elderly aunt with dementia. The house doesn’t have a mortgage because my aunt and I pooled the resources to buy a house big enough to accommodate us all. That is, we can take care of her full time.
I used to work full-time on TV commercial animations, but quit a few years ago when my aunt’s care increased.To be self employed You can work around your family, which means giving me more flexibility. After talking to a friend who needed people to fill the production background scene he was working on, I became an extra.
Despite the coronavirus, I’m pretty busy working on the film and I’m currently planning to shoot for 5 days in April. The crew adheres to the rules of social distance. We can’t socialize on the set, we have to wear a visor during the scene and we have to take the Covid test three times a week (paid for the time to do this) ). In London, the supporting artist industry is well organized and unions have established set wage rates. The usual daily rate is around £ 120, taking into account holiday payments and travel expenses. Also, if the day is longer than planned, overtime will be paid. I have signed up for several agencies, and this is the way I approach for work. They usually reduce VAT by about 15-20% of my income.
For anyone who wants to get into the industry, the first step is to sign up for an agency (I’m signing up for We Got Pop). You will need to enter a recent photo and an online profile that includes information such as height, chest and hip dimensions (weight is not important). Casting directors may be looking for specific features such as mustaches and mustaches.I have a beard and was recently approached with a Netflix hit BridgertonHowever, the requirement was to shave cleanly and I didn’t want to shave.
To be a successful support artist, show up on time, hang out and get ready to do nothing for the day. It can be difficult to get a full-time job because the work is short. There is a lot of work there and the director is always looking for a new face. The British film industry is thriving and Netflix Disney has invested a lot in the UK to shoot their work here.
Due to the irregularities of the entertainment industry, I do not rely on this job for income. Instead, all the money I get from shooting is savings. Most of my income comes from Taskrabbit and I aim to earn at least £ 2,000 a month. I have built a 5 star rating since I started 3 years ago. That is, I am in high demand. I heard about the platform from a friend. I am not qualified for my job. We have enough experience and confidence to assemble furniture. Taskrabbit is owned by Ikea, so I assemble a lot of Ikea furniture. I also make children’s garden frames, sheds and fit blinds. Basically anything that can be assembled. I don’t do plastering, plumbing, or tile work that requires more skill.
I have a spreadsheet that keeps track of the work I undertake and the income I earn.Beginning of COVID-19 Pandemic At first I knocked on my income last year, but soon recovered. It earned £ 1,000 in April and £ 800 in May, rising to £ 1,600 in June and £ 3,280 in October, the highest month ever on the platform. During the pandemic, home maintenance workers have been allowed access to people’s property, but we need to wear masks and keep the windows open. I usually get about 30 jobs a month.
I describe myself as good at money. I am well aware that my job is unstable and I am thinking of getting a full-time job to earn a stable income. Since I recently took out life insurance, my 16th, 6th and 2nd year olds will be financially safe if something happens within the next 25 years. I’m not currently paying a pension, but previously this was my next financial priority.
Calculate the cost of the year, including insurance, trade magazine subscriptions, and animation software you’re still paying for. Next, break this down into 12 and set up an automatic transfer from your current account. Savings account So I don’t face one big bill every year. I also have another regular savings account that covers the costs of unexpected invoices and expenses. I don’t have a credit card and I don’t have a loan. Our biggest monthly cost is food, which has decreased over the past year due to the social restrictions of the coronavirus.
My current priority is to make sure my children and family are well cared for. I’m also looking for a job in the film industry and have an unpaid job as an associate producer for film projects. If this works, it can be profitable and I can move on to project production. We’re waiting to see how Covid will impact the industry next year and see if everything settles down again.
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