Regardless of what profession you’re in, you will have encountered the freebie hunters; people wanting free advice, you to do something “really simple” for them (so simple that apparently, they can’t do it themselves) work in exchange for “exposure” (that always makes me giggle!)
You may have even been guilty of not recognising others work yourself, If we’re honest, none of us can fully appreciate how much work, dedication and time others have spent on honing their skills. Just as they won’t fully appreciate ours. And that’s ok, as long as people are being treated fairly.
Yes, some people are naturally talented; artists, musicians and singers probably get the worst deal from this as people ask them to work for “exposure” all the time.
Only this morning I seen a “competition” asking photographers to send in their pictures for the “chance to be featured” (this is a sneaky way of asking to work for exposure while said company get incredible images without having to pay a penny)
There was NO prize.
What utter nonsense
And it’s not only the creative people who get this, we’ve been sucked into free projects, all of which, without exception, were more hassle than they were ever worth; and recently I was chatting to a lawyer who said one of the best pieces of advice he was given on graduating: Don’t tell people you’re a lawyer! Because everyone will come and ask you about all sorts!
Words to live by. I might start telling people I’m an assassin. Surely that’s a conversation killer.
Especially when you are starting out, you may think it’s a good idea to get exposure, but in the long term, you are better off without these customers.
Walk away. Run away. Screaming if you need to.
Just don’t do it.
I implore you, please value your work! Your skills are worth paying for and if people aren’t willing, well, let them take their “exposure” elsewhere!