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Would you work for free?

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 15, 2013, 8:00 PM

I read an interesting article regarding freelancing recently that got me pondering. The interaction occurred among journalists, but it also applies to all creative mediums. Freelance writer Nate Thayer was asked by The Atlantic to write a blog post for free. The initial correspondence letter said "We unfortunately can't pay you for it, but we do reach 13 million readers a month," said the editor in her email to Thayer. He firmly replied "I am a professional journalist who has made my living by writing for 25 years and am not in the habit of giving my services for free to media outlets so they can make money by using my work and efforts by removing my ability to pay my bills and feed my children. Frankly, I will refrain from being insulted and I am perplexed how one can expect to try to retain quality professional services without paying for them." I read that with a big grin, because I wholeheartedly agree.

Would it make sense to ask your mechanic to work on your car for free? Would you look him in the eye, with a straight face, and tell him that his compensation would be the ability to have his work shown to others as you drive down the street? I have lost track of how many times someone has approached me and asked if they could use my work for free. They always use the same tired excuse too - something along the lines of "I can't pay you, but it would be a good reference..." That is absolutely insulting. That is not a "great opportunity." That is pure exploitation. 

This happens way too often to all artists of all mediums - illustrators, graphic designers, photographers, web developers, etc. Every amateur can use some experience, but that does not mean one should give their hard work away for free. Your art is a contribution to society. Being paid allows you to make that contribution to society. If anyone ever tries to pull this crap on you, be firm and stand your ground. 



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I climb the corporate ladder during the week and take photographs during the weekend.



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CandiceBlue Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
As I said in the forum, and I say it again, I really love your pictures.
I especially love the "Scops Owl" one.
They are really strong and full of different feelings. Keep up the good work ! ;p
KrisVlad Featured By Owner May 14, 2015   Photographer
Thank you, Candice! I appreciate the kind words. It's always awesome to read such positive comments. 
Nushaa Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
thank you so much for being a member of my group, Owlies-Inc. it really does mean a lot to me. Heart
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015   Photographer
Hey! Thank you for the invitation! I should be able to contribut a lot more during the summer season. The Wings of Wonder @ Cincinnati Zoo bird show will start up again.
LordGuardian Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for faving my DD picture :) I appreciate it a lot! If you have some time and did not visit yet, please havea look at my other photos or drawings, maybe you find something else you like. Have a nice day :)
Mark-Allison Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015   Photographer
Thanks for accepting the invitation to be a Contributor in the group. Remember that you can now vote on submissions to the group. Thanks again, and enjoy :-)
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015   Photographer
Thanks Mark! See you around. 
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015   Photographer
Thank you for the invitation.
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