While her post was primarily about making a living in music, Charlotte Hothar linked a very good article from The Guardian about the problems we know are facing workers, creative and technical, and the economy worldwide. While the Guardian’s focus in the article was on Europe, I know that this is also an issue in the US. I will confess to having worked for free, several times, and usually with no actual profit for me in either experience or references. It’s frustrating, especially when you are already crunched for time and money, between school and part-time work, but I believed everything that said, “Do free work for experience” and promises that, “You can use it for your portfolio.” It’s not the fault of the free-workers, usually. They want just as badly to make money, but they’re told there’s no other way at first.
I knew from the beginning of my journey that this was going to be hard. I’m pretty sure everyone whom I’ve told, is just humoring me when they say, “You can do it!” Articles like this make me nervous, yes, but I absolutely cannot let fear stop me from trying. Jump feet-first into the deep end, and if I have to move back home, so be it. I don’t do things by halves, so I won’t give up on this, either. That’s exactly why I’m starting now, but it’s also why I don’t have a fall back plan. You can’t give 100% if you know there’s an easier alternative.