Putting a price on one’s worth in the composing marketplace can be extremely challenging. I think that it certainly helps greatly to have someone like Richard give perspective and advice. I’m so fortunate to have that. I would only add to the discussion that I believe every artist has to decide for themselves what work conditions “feel” right. It is most likely not wise to put an hourly figure on our work because if done, it might make one want to find another line of work. I’d rather do what Richard suggests and do something because it fuels your passion or perhaps fills a hole in your demo etc. Investing time and energy perhaps in a director that one connects with. All valid reasons to lay it out there…Ultimately we as artists need to value ourselves but also balance this with an element of gamble. This has served me and others mentioned here, well!