07 November 2015

Say No To Working For Free!

As an artist and photographer, it is shocking how often I get asked to donate work, work for "good exposure", and other variations on the providing my skill and knowledge for free. All artists face the same thing, whether you are a painter, photographer, writer, actor, or musician. Our society has adopted an attitude where it's expected - almost required to give away your time, knowledge, and talents - but it's time to end it. If we as a group can't value our own time and skills, how can we ever expect the public to value our product?

This video demonstrates how ridiculous the idea of working on speculation, or giving away your product is in the real world of business. Artist's you are operating a business whether you do it as a hobby or not. Treat it with the respect it deserves; value your own time and talent.