When applying to work for hire postings there are a few tips that will ensure the best representation of your suitability to the task at hand.
Read the assignment carefully...TWICE
It’s always awkward when you respond to a posting only to realize moments later that you completely forgot to mention something important and might now have lost your chance. Take the time to understand what publishers are looking for, whether it’s story type, deadline, geographic location or equipment requirements.
Do some reporting before you pitch
Publishers are always looking for well-crafted pitches that show great access and intriguing characters. You might want to rush to pitch a story that interests you, but we advise you to take the time to research the facts, call potential characters and proofread your pitch. Remember, you only have one chance to make an impression, and publishers are always impressed by Storyhunters who know what they’re talking about. Furthermore, they’ll probably be asking follow-up questions, and if you’ve done your due diligence you’ll have all the answers handy.
Make a good impression
You are dealing with some of the top publishers in the business. They are looking to build a strong network of freelancers that they can trust on the Storyhunter platform. Even if they don’t accept your application or pitch, they may have made a note that you could be a good freelancer to work with in the future. First impressions can be very important.
It’s Storyhunter policy that you inform the publisher if you’re working on a similar story for another publisher, have produced the story before or plan to produce another story on the same subject. You must also let a publisher know if you’ve paid a source to secure access.
Disclose how many people you're working with
Always let a publisher know if you plan to work on a story alone or with a team of people (editors, shooters, fixers, etc…). We recommend that every member of your team be signed up on the platform. No matter what, the person who pitches the story must always be the point person throughout the entire production of the piece, from pre-production to delivery.