Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Why Work for Free

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Just because I am young and interested in a career in 'the arts' it appears that I have to be willing to do a work for free and it is really starting to annoy me. I understand the need for experience and that to get that experience you quite often have to do a bit of shadowing to see how things work but what happens after that. When is the right time to ask to be paid?

I feel like I'm in a bit of a stuck phase for this. I have never been paid for any arts related work yet have been writing for quite some time now. I am not expecting to get rich from one off articles here and there but I wonder when I will first get paid. I'm hoping to have an out-of-body experience that tells me "Hannah, it's okay to ask for money now". I'm assuming that isn't how everyone finds out though. I am far from brilliant at what I do but I feel like I am a little bit further on than that shadowing beginning I was a few years ago. I have more of a grasp of the real world for a start but with that comes the understanding that no arts organisation has a lot of money so I almost feel guilty asking to be paid so just choose not to ask the questions. Plus, I don't know how much people get paid. Someone could tell me they would give me five pound for editing for a day and I would be like "yeah that's fine" because it would be five pound more than I have ever got before. 

I don't mean this to sound like I am not grateful for the experience I am getting, I am so so so grateful for the wide range of arts opportunities I have had I am just wondering what the next steps are in my life. Writing and helping out at artsy events are things I do in my spare time anyways so I am not looking for a full time job, more in a freelancing capacity but I have absolutely no idea where to start. 

Can someone give me a hand with my future please?

Hannah x

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