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  1. Tori says

    This post is one I will be showing to my tutors and peers when i return to university, i go to an arts university, infact thats all they offer, learning to value your own work is a massive part of what they teach on my degree and the others at the site, this article speaks the truth and i wish more people would understand that not only is it years of learning and practice, theres also a big student loan looming over me for learning my practice and getting a qualification in it!

    • Tina says

      Wow, thank you! Your degree sounds great and I’m so glad it includes learning to value your work, as I think it’s something people really struggle with. I find it heartbreaking seeing my creative friends struggle to make ends meet or having to keep their creative work as a side job.
      Good point on the student loan! Thank you for your comment and for sharing the post, it means a lot that others can relate to it.

  2. kateemoxon says

    Ooooh this really grinds my beans! It shows such a lack of respect to creatives – you would never use the services of a dentist or a plumber or a taxi driver and then offer ‘exposure’ in place of payment, so why is it ok to do it to designers or writers or musicians?

    One of my favourites is when people try to act like creatives should want to do things ‘just for the love of the art’ and make out that you’re a shallow sell-out for wanting payment. Nah mate, love of the art doesn’t pay the bills…

    ~ Kate

    • Tina says

      Exactly! We have bills, and sometimes need to eat!
      You’re right, with no other service would it be acceptable. I’m not really sure why it’s valued less, as it’s all pretty difficult and highly skilled.

  3. Claire says

    !!! Yes times 800 million! I’ve been a professional writer for more than a decade, and I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve had an editor or producer be all taken aback and confused that I actually want to be paid for my job. I once had a producer lecture me on not caring enough about getting the project made because I insisted on them paying me something for the script… I walked out of her office.

    • Tina says

      It’s incredible isn’t it? I’m glad you walked away from that! It’s a shame that that technique might work on less experienced writers. I’m glad and sorry you found the post relatable. Hoping that non creatives see it!

  4. Sarirah (@prettynotinc) says

    If I had someone come in and paint the walls of my house or build me a shed in the back garden if I change my mind and don’t like it DOES NOT mean I don’t have to pay them. Sometimes, I find it easier to say to people that offering a creative product (artwork or writing) is more like paying for a service not the final product. So weather you want to run with the final piece or not doesn’t take away from the fact that working hours were spent on it and requires payment. I find it odd that people still don’t get that when they’d see nothing wrong with someone being paid to sit behind a counter all day with no customers.

    This is a great post! Will be sharing around. 🙂

    • Tina says

      Thank you! Such a great point about the sitting at a counter. In fact, a few great examples. Yet for some reason, it’s still not applied to creative work? Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Tina says

      Thank you, thank you! The tweets definitely showed it! Thanks so much for sharing and your support. It means a lot xx

  5. lilydeal says

    I couldn’t agree more. I have friends in the music industry and they influence this so much, I’ve also seen it happen to so many of my blogging friends. It really does disgust me and I’m so glad you’ve put this into words! Thanks so much for sharing x


  6. SpookyMrsGreen says

    Thank you for articulating our struggle so eloquently! I stopped accepting non-paid work (you know, for “exposure”) 2 years ago. I subsequently enrolled on a professional business training course and learnt to toughen up. My novels do not just appear at the click of a finger. If people want to read them, they have to pay! Thanks for sharing. I am completely on board with your campaign. https://spookymrsgreen.com/2014/07/28/who-am-i/


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