I recently posted this on my blog and Facebook page, however it’s an issue I am very passionate about as a professional (albeit freelance) artist and designer: free work and the assumption that artists are willing to work for free.
As a creative person, I enjoy creating artworks and designs both for myself and for other persons. Let me be very clear about this: just because I enjoy my area of work, does not mean I create simply for the pleasure of it. I have chosen creativity as my profession, meaning that this is my source of income and I do expect my time and work to be compensated. Would you not be horrified as a marine biologist, accountant or cleaner to not be paid for the work you do? Did you not choose your profession based on your interests and skills? (If not, I hope you have outlets where you can let your heart sing).
Many people believe that artists are just inherently talented at what they do: that they learned the skills they possess thr