I'm an undergraduate student who has been studying animation and making personal films for a few years now. I have a friend who works on staff for a major political campaign and he called me this morning to tell me that they are looking for a series of web animations and he recommended that they look at my reel. I know that despite the millions of dollars they raise in campaign contributions they are trying to find someone to do this work as cheap as possible, which is the only reason why they are even considering a student. I want this commission badly and I'm willing to work for less than I ever would in the future, but I also want to get as much cash as I can. So I'm wondering if their are any experienced free lancers out there who can tell me what their usual rate of pay is, how that rate is determined, and how it compares to contracting a studio. If they like my reel and want to hire me I'd like to be prepared to present myself as a bargain, but not a total sucker. Any input would be great. Cheers.