Discuss: Do you refuse to work for free?
Submitted by bsherwin at 6/24/2012 5:58:30 AM CST
bsherwin: It is not uncommon for me to read a post by an artist concerning an offer for a nonpaying 'job'. I've seen it ALL over the years: filmmakers wanting free artwork for movie posters, comic book writers wanting free character designs, independent video game designers seeking free concept art... etc. They want free, free free -- yet if the artist suggests a tradeoff of services to make up for lack of pay... silence. I'm certain that some of you have heard those crickets chirping at some point in your career.
The problem is that there will always be an artist out there who will do the work for free. People know that artists want name recognition... and they use that as a lure. Some will take the bait. I realize that depending on the situation it may not be such a bad deal to accept work without pay -- BUT I can think of only a few acceptable scenarios.
This is what I want to know: do YOU refuse to work for free? (I hope so).