Aaaaaa this twitter is horrifying aaaaaaa
To all you young artists out there: this sort of thing is likely to come your way at some point! Don’t be fooled, rare - RARE - is the job where the “exposure” is worth a lack of/very little pay.
I don’t know whether to laugh or put my foot through a wall.
This is too good. I take a firm stance on not doing work for free. I get countless “offers” for unpaid gigs through email and DA all the time. I never respond to them. I have to pay rent, student loans, eat, you know things that require making money in order to maintain.
Does this ever happen the other way around?
Just curious, have programmers ever gotten emails from artists saying “Hey I have this idea for a game but I can’t program. I’m also poor. But hey it’s exposure!” or an artist to a writer, “I want to draw a comic but I can’t write! Come up with a script! I can’t pay you now, but just think of the exposure!” Though programmers and writers certainly get asked to do gigs for free, too, artists get slammed the worst on this stuff. I hope that puts it a little in perspective for people.
The classic example still stands the best though: If your car needs to be repaired by a mechanic, would you ask them to do the job for free in exchange for exposure? “Just think of how many people will see the great job you guys did as I drive around!” No. Of course you wouldn’t ask that. That’s stupid and unrealistic.
Oh also: CONTESTS ARE INCLUDED IN THIS. DON’T DO CONTESTS. THEY’RE JUST FREE WORK OFFERS UNDER DISGUISE.