More and more these days, as creatives, we are asked to work on speculation, or for no money. You know, “Let’s see what you can do first, then if we like it, we will hire you.” Or, “There is no money now, but once we get it published, then you will be compensated.” “I can’t pay you, but you will get free advertising out of our arrangement.” I am truly sickened by this sort of thing. Chances are, if you are an illustrator, graphic designer, or the like, you have heard it at some point.
Well this guy, Harlan Ellison, who is a writer, and has written for many shows, including Babylon 5, Star Trek, etc., really hits it on the head here. He is referring to the writing business, but it really relates to any creative field. When I saw it, it really hit home, and I thought it would be great to share. I could not have said it better.