A topic frequently returned to in artist circles is, “How much is our work worth?” “When should we be more demanding of pay, and when can we charge less, because the value isn’t solely monetary?”
This timely article from The New York Times addresses just that — and argues that artists are professionals, and therefore should be paid. People pay plenty of money for other services, goods, and knowledge, so they should pay for yours.
I don’t need to rehash the article. It’s short, to the point, and a bit funny (in a tragic sort of way). What are your experiences with this? Do you feel that “exposure” of “the gift economy” makes up for not being paid monetarily for your work? Have you ever turned down unpaid opportunities?