Working for free/exposure? No!
For a long time I thought I wouldn't need to write this entry because I believed that with time it will get better with the spread of awareness. Everyone heard stories like this and that's why I though that will change people's thinking. I am sad to announce that... there's no shortage of people asking for 'work for free' or 'work for exposure'. Basically wanting your work without paying.
I get theses messages every week and I feel like there needs to be a general response from me to a behavior like that.
Every mail start the same. It's just plain copy/paste. Though they sometimes try to start like you are the unique and special artist they write to. So beginning is pretty standard:
'Hey! I love your art/ your art is amazing/ I'm your biggest fan.'
The target as much artists as they can because, there is probability that out of 1000 mails few will agree. And it's a win. Unfortunately I must say that these people prey on the weakest and most vulnerable this kind