'mon everybody, let's ALL work for free!
That's what many of us are asked to do all the time.
Next time some chucklehead wants you to put out before they
deem you worthy of your fee, just direct them to this URL.
In spite of all ethical guidelines to the contrary, and against all professional
recommendations, some of us, for one reason or another -- usually because of tight finances -- succumb to the ol' bait and switcheroo, "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today ..." Other lies are guilded, "We
don't have a budget, but we'll make it up to you later ..." Beware the "Royalties 'R' Us" ripoff as well.
Everytime I have made an exception -- I have gotten burned. I'm left, as many of you with custom art good only
for "The Scrap Heap."
When was the last time you got a bag
of groceries for free? Or a tow truck rescued you for free? Or a plumber made a house call for free?
We alone, of all the professions are the most taken advantage of, the least appreciated and are at the biggest
disadvantage to even hope of obtaining any recovery.
We even held a contest and gave away a prize: "The Rob Roy", named after a particularly thick-headed deadbeat.
Do I take my own advice?
Sometimes ... and
sometimes not. Sometimes I'm afraid I'm going to snap my cap and end up on the evening news.