FREElance or freelance work?
This past weekend during an assignment I was approached by someone asking if I did freelance work. Thinking I could make some extra money I started talking to the guy who explained to me about his business that sends photographers to cover events around Phoenix. He surprised me when he told me that they don’t pay their photographers but rather offer an “opportunity” for amateur photographers to get their name out there and get the experience.
Although I don’t have a problem with this guy creatively trying to make a living in this slow economy, it does bother me a bit that he is making money on other people’s work without compensating them financially.
Now, one could say that what he is offering is like an internship so people can build the experience needed to get a real job. The potential problem I see here is that with so many people willing to take this kind of “FREElance” work there will be even less real paying jobs out there.
I wonder if the desire to get into professional photography by taking non-paying photography jobs is actually hurting the very chances of new people to find work in the field.
Do you or would you work for free? When do you think is it okay to work for free?