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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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DanniDaniDanni Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist 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   Photographer
Right back at you, Dani! Thanks for stopping by.
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Moondancer3 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Start Creating Your World Instead Of Letting The World Create You." -Bryant McGill

Everyone has a different view of what the world looks like to them. Some view it as great, some bad, etc. This quote that I found really reflects on that. Please send this to your friends as well as the person who sent it to you. This will put a smile on someone's face today :) (Smile)
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Sara-Anjos Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student Photographer
Thanks for all the favsI am a dummy! :) (Smile) :D (Big Grin) =P (Razz) :happybounce: 
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014   Photographer
Thank YOU too. It's my pleasure.
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Moondancer3 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Kris for watch! :) :love: Cheerleader 
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014   Photographer
And thank YOU too!
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Moondancer3 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome! :) OMG MOAR POEMS! :tardgrinn: 
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Moondancer3 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fav  :)
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HoremWeb Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for all the favs, and ev'rythin'! :) 
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