Making Money As An Artist Is Complicated – Brad Rushing

Film Courage: As a freelancer, how have you determined how much to charge for your services?

Brad Rushing, Cinematographer: Here is my big secret, if I didn’t have to worry about paying my bills and being secure, that would be the last thing I would ever worry about. I consider myself an artist and I do this because I love it and for that reason every morning I wake up and get to do. It’s like Christmas and I love the people I get to collaborate with. They are my friends, they’re my idols, they’re my family. It’s such a joy and it’s such a privilege.

Practically, I have these people who want money from me. I don’t know why but they won’t give me free housing or free food…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


Brad Rushing began working with Roger Corman’s Concorde/New Horizons film studio which afforded him some of his first feature film opportunities as Director of Photography where he learned valuable skills. After a number of years concentrating on indie feature films Brad began to shoot high end music videos photographing award-winning, iconic clips for artists like Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie, Nelly and Eminem. Brad’s ground-breaking work on Moby’s “We Are All Made Of Stars” won an MTV Video Music Award “Moonman” for Best Cinematography in a Video, and many of the other music videos he shot have won awards such as VMAs, MVPAs and Grammys for Best Video. Brad also won a Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award for Best Cinematography in a Video for the Alsou video “Always On My Mind.” Brad’s most recent work is the feature film “A California Christmas” which filmed in Petaluma, CA in July 2020, one of the first film productions to start under stringent COVID-19 safety protocols. The film debuted on a major streaming platform for the 2020 holiday season and was number one on Netflix for a week. 









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