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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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Autumn Trail by KrisVlad
Autumn Trail
Can we keep Autumn and just skip Winter?

I took this photograph on the Gorge Trail at Sharon Woods Park in Cincinnati. I was speeding through on my bike, but I had to stop for this quaint scene. I hope you like it. Do you have any editing suggestions? Critiques are welcome.

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What’s your favorite aspect of Autumn?
75%
27 deviants said Cooler Weather
11%
4 deviants said Fall Fashion
8%
3 deviants said Going Back To School
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2 deviants said Seasonal Food
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Buff Cheeked Gibbons by KrisVlad
Buff Cheeked Gibbons
Gibbons are known for a specialized form of swinging locomotion called brachiation. Bending its slender fingers, the hand forms a hook at the end of its long arm. Hooking onto a branch, the gibbon then swings itself forward to the next branch.

They had just woken up when I arrived early in the morning and were giving each other a back massage. Look at these cuties!

Here are some other animal photos you may like:

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African Lioness by KrisVlad
African Lioness
...and here is Johnny's girlfriend! Check out Johnny boy below.

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What’s your favorite aspect of Autumn? 

75%
27 deviants said Cooler Weather
11%
4 deviants said Fall Fashion
8%
3 deviants said Going Back To School
6%
2 deviants said Seasonal Food
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RoyalAnnaLestrange Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member
Thanks you for the watch!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Thanks for the :+fav:  
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AshleyxBrooke Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
 Welcome to :icondudeletsdiet: !


Hope you enjoy the group!


Be sure to stop by the #DudeLetsDiet chat to talk with other people that are in the same boat as you! We discuss healthy dieting tips, recipes, workouts and more! It's a great place if you're struggling to gain motivation :heart:

See you soon!
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DaniDanniDani Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Photographer
Thank you for the favourites and the watch! :huggle: 
It means a lot! :love:
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Right back at you, Dani! Thanks for stopping by.
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