Here's a clip that's been doing the rounds in freelance circles. I discovered it courtesy of the Wordsmith (thanks, Wordsmith), since when I have noticed it appearing all over the place on the blogs of others who work at the freelance coalface in the arts/media/publishing.
Whether you're an editor whose clients make their low budget your problem rather than theirs ('sorry, we can't pay you more than £[derisory sum x] to do this, so take it or leave it but if you leave it we'll sulk and you'll never get any work from us again'); or a photographer whose image is selected for publication in a large-circulation national newspaper/magazine ('sorry we don't actually pay for photos, but you'll get a credit'); or a journalist who's asked to research and write a piece for peanuts because if you don't, then someone whose only goal is seeing their name in print will do it for nothing instead; or an artist who's offered twenty quid for an illustration that's taken days to create; or indeed anyone struggling to earn a living through their art, whose creative talent is completely undervalued or taken for granted or assumed to be available for nothing by those who bask in the certainty of a regular pay-cheque (I'm just setting the tone here, you understand, and the tone is full-blown RANT!) . . .
. . . then you're not alone. And this is for you . . .
MISTLES AFTER THE ROWANS
5 days ago