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    Trying to decide what I charge

    Hi guys,

    I might have landed a really cool gig: perform in an actual zoo aquarium. Thing is: I'm not sure what I should charge. I have a feeling $100 an hour isn't enough.

    Some infos:

    I have a full fluke mythic (Moonstone) on the way, will be shipped this week.

    I have a freedive certification.

    I have followed a professional underwater make up workshop, and have the supplies I need.

    I have 3 years of experience, and have a registered mermaid company.


    What do you think I should charge, excluding travel costs? Is my feeling that $100 is too little justified?


    One more question: what do you pay on average for a performer's insurance?

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    I made this video 3 years ago, might help you!


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    Quote Originally Posted by AniaR View Post
    I made this video 3 years ago, might help you!

    Hi Raina,

    Can you please tell me what you charge for an aquarium show per hour? Thanks!

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    aquariums are tricky, most hire people who already work for them at their regular rate for their other job. Some aquariums pay nothing. I make 450$ for a 2 hour show but that took years to work up to and is pretty much unheard of for most places.

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    Thank you so much for your reply Raina! <3 Woah, are you in the aquarium for two whole hours? Do you get breaks? Do you get out of your tail during a break? What is your show like? Is it a story you enact, or do you do a ton of tricks?

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