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

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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Cora-Tiana Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I love your work! 
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015   Photographer
Cheers Cora!
DPasschier Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015
Hi Kris

In answer to your question of how I did "Glad To Meet You"
I shot lasers at to of my mates while they were shaking hands.

I am glad you liked it.
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015   Photographer
That's a good idea. I'd like to try that. 
Trippy4U Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015
Thanks kindly, Kris:iconwineplz:
Lys333 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Student Photographer
Your gallery is a gold mine ! 
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015   Photographer
Thanks for the lovely comment! I remember when I first joined DeviantART, I was hoping that one day I'd be good enough for others to follow. I'm happy to be here!
JBTphoto Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome gallery.. definetly worth a watch!
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015   Photographer
Cheers! I'm happy to have you. 
teazchamberz Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
im also in ohio, thats cool u live so close
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