i agree for the most part with what he's saying. you have to be stern about making money for your art. on the flip side of that, i did do a free job which landed me a deal doing several covers that got released and a deal with an agent who has since got me paid work. so it's a two edge sword. my case is unique, 99% of the time free gigs means no money down the road and no real exposure.
LightingSaberFeatured By OwnerFeb 19, 2013Student Digital Artist
You know in my country, people have this mindset that people who study art are going to have no job, have no life. And they will keep thinking that way, as the industry itself IS the poison, since everyone thinks that way : Free is good for your own career.
The professionals will ask for free works from the talented 'newbies' ; sometimes they pay, but with such small amount of money.
Well I remain as a design student. People don't respect us at all. This makes me feel so depressed when I start thinking 'bout my future career. Sometimes I can't sleep at all when I think about that. That's the environment I am living in, and I don't know when it will gets better.
I shared this video via my FB acc and my page. I hope they will at least learn something about it. Artists are human, they don't survive with only imaginations and creativity, we NEED real money and people should appreciate what the real artists had done for the society.
Always think long-term. Does that freebie really create an opportunity for you to make a living? Or is it just a favor done for someone who cannot or will not reciprocate? Doing work for free based on the idea that one of those jobs might lead to a big opportunity is like playing a lottery because one of those tickets may win and give you a fortune in money. Sure, it could happen, but the odds are small and in the meantime you're wasting a precious resource.
Look out for yourself. People will try to take advantage of you. Some will do it on purpose, some will think that they are doing you a favor, or that it's no big deal for you to do something for them. Always think, how does this freebie help me in the long term? And be realistic. Most people cannot provide you the opportunities that you need, and few will even care. Don't leave your fate in the hands of random chance, when you can direct your future yourself. The person who is driven and focused will succeed long before the person hoping that one of his freebies will turn into the opportunity of a lifetime.
Well I am all for charging for labor , But there no way to stop people from sharing abstract ideas , The Value of art was based on an Economic institutions of Europe and some kind of physical content .. if the Value is scarcity then some images just aren't as valuable as others (countless elf picture for instance ) (If your drawing from some obscure Welsh mythology or India your work is more valuable )