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Why Creatives Are Worth More Than Giving Their Work Away for Free

Yasha Wallin

This great thought piece outlines how artists in the internet age have been talked into giving their work away for free, often in exchange for exposure. Whether it be music, writing, illustration, design, or another medium, as creatives we have been made to think that our work isn't worth paying for. But if we unite, perhaps there's a way to end this cycle and earn the respect (and dollar amount!) we're really worth.

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  • Rachel Biel

    One of our members shared this in our group forum and it generated quite a bit of discussion as we have all had this experience. It's tough because there has to be so much give and take in the arts and the public perception really is that our time and talent has little value. I wonder if the same is true in Europe or other places.

    • Yasha Wallin

      That's exactly right, I really like the analogy that was made when the author compared his sister's work as a doctor, to that of his work as a writer. No one would ever ask his sister to do a "quick lobectomy" because her profession is more respected. I don't think society's perception will change much, and I don't know if creatives will actually unite to make this happen, so I'm not sure what the solution is.