Last night I read a FB post about someone wanting an “affordable” photographer. I assumed that ‘affordable’ meant CHEAP. I got really upset. The fact is, creative people have to pay their bills too. Why is it that many, or most people assume that people in creative fields should charge such an incredibly low price that they can’t afford to eat, buy gas, or pay rent? It boggles the mind.
So this morning I came across the following article which solidified my frustrations.
There is the assumption that if you love X, your love must be so great that you’d do it even if you didn’t get paid and there are people who are only too happy to take advantage of that assumption. While you might still write or compose music or paint even if you didn’t make a dime from it, that’s absolutely no excuse not to charge for your work (assuming the market bears it) or for others to expect you to perform your services gratis. Folks would never think to ask a plumber to work for free because he simply loves snaking drains, but if you’re trying to make a living from doing what you love in a creative field, there will always be potential clients, customers and acquaintances trying to leverage your passion for your work as a reason to pay you less than market value. When the skill set that you use to earn an income is one that you wouldn’t ply without compensation, those people tend to disappear. Don’t get sucked into running a talent-based charity. [read article in Forbes]
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