I have to kind of make a post about this subject since it comes up a lot in discussions
Your art has worth! it does not need marketing or any kind of promotion . Even your ideas have value too. So companies and people trying to take advantage of such things is simply not right and we as artists need to change.
If you spend hours and hours honing your skills as an artist. Then people shouldn't assume that you are willing to give that away for free.
All the time I get a message for people asking for free work , or work that I won't get paid for now, but they will promote my website. I do not need help promoting myself. I can handle that quite well on my own. ( FUNNY PART IS I NEVER PROMOTED MY ART AT ALL I JUST DID IT AND I GOT BETTER AND MORE PEOPLE BEGAN TO LOOK AT IT MORE AND MORE, I DID ART AND PUT IT ON A WEBSITE , NOTHING MORE) People also do the kick-starter thing. They say we cannot pay but if your project gets funded we can pay you after.
LITERALLY all of these scenarios would never work in any other industry. You don't ask a hairstylist for a free haircut and say I will promote your work to my friends. Sounds silly of course. Do you ask a chef to come bbq at your house for a project and if its successful , you will pay him? smh
So what I am trying to say is if people are gonna ask you for work. THEY SHOULD PAY YOU , and pay you well. Until we as artists stop undercutting each-other . People will never take us seriously. Considering how much money clients gain to make off of our art (ie movies , games , logos , products , cars , architecture etc etc) which is literally millions. You as an artist shouldn't sell yourself short. Your skill is just as valuable as a doctor , chef , lawyer , etc. Not to mention I bet most of you guys spend more time on your career than those careers previously listed
so if you see websites or contests that want your free work like this onewww.youtube.com/watch?feature=…
be sure to vote it down and warn fellow artists. be careful of websites and contests what want your free work , and they may POSSIBLY choose yours and pay you for it. DO NOT WORK FOR FREE. That is all
KEEP WORKING HARD AND PAINT ON
ps. collaborating with friends and colleagues is fine , but if its some random dude you dont know , make em pay. Spread the love folks