Main Sauce Productions

A friend of mine who works as a secretary in a company that designs novelty toys phoned me up after seeing my show reel and asked if I would like to design the packaging for their toys. Seeing this as an opportunity to get some work experience and earn a bit of money, I agreed to an interview.

I found out the name of the company and did as much research as possible in preparation for the interview. Main Sauce Productions is their name and their website is www.mainsauceproductions.com/. They sell and distribute novelty toys, often taking products from Japan and repackaging them.

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At 12.40 the next week, I got a coach from Bournemouth to London in time for the interview at 3.30 in Oxford Circus. I met the boss of the company and the interview process began, was far more relaxed than I had anticipated. I was told that I would be making the packaging for the toys, the graphics and the box design, not knowing the slightest thing about package design, i was out of my depth, but i kept my cool. I was glad when the interview was over, but looking I failed to mention anything about payment and did not draw up ANY kind of contract. Which turned to to be a good thing, as a week later when I emailed him asking for product information, I received no reply and gradually the project fizzled out. I’m glad this was the outcome as I was well out of my depth, and simply couldn’t produce a final product that would match anything in my show reel, luckily for me there was no contract binding me to the job so I let the job slip away.

There is two lessons to this story, ONE; always be honest with your skills, don’t bite off more than you can chew, as you will most likely end up bitten. TWO; if you can handle the job make a contract there and then to save hassle when dealing with payment.

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