They met at a high tea party. Gaurav – a commercial photographer, Vidyut – a restaurateur and Amara – an interior designer. They loved each others work so much so that they began a whatsapp group to share updates and to meet regularly. They became good friends and always hanged out at Vidyut’s restaurant.
A few months passed. Works kept them busy and like every other group, this went dormant for a long time. They stopped the mundane good morning and good night messages. Vidyut types in the group:
They met that weekend. Vidyut requests Gaurav to do a photoshoot of his signature dishes that he wishes to put up on the marketing materials and various other places. He added that Gaurav can use these images in his portfolio and would get a good exposure as these photographs would be sent to all the leading food magazines and blogs. Gaurav usually doesn’t work for free, but he felt that it was okay for him to do it once, since Vidyut has now become one of his close friends.
A few weeks after that, Amara called up Gaurav.
A: Hey Gaurav! How are you buddy?
G:I am doing great Amara! How have you been?
What made you remember me?
A:I am doing well, Thank you! Gaurav,
I am participating in a nation-wide interior design competition.
G:Oh that’s wonderful. All the best.
A:Hey it’s not that easy,
there will be competitors from all over India.
G:You will do fine. Don’t worry.
A: Gaurav, I need a favor from you.
Please, do not say no. Please… please… please…
G:Alright! Alright! But what’s the favor?
A:I need to submit my project images to the panel.
Please help me create my portfolio. I will pay you for this.
G:That’s okay. We can sort it out later.
By when do you need the photographs?
A:Actually it’s quite urgent!
I need it by day after tomorrow.
G:That’s a very short notice.
I fear if we could do it by then.
A:Oh please don’t say so. I know you can do it.
By the way, how much do you usually charge?
G:I charge INR 10000 for a session.
A:10000? That’s too much!
I cannot afford to spend so much.
G:Don’t worry about the money.
Pay as much as you can.
A:Hey thanks for your help.
Actually, it is a great opportunity for both of us.
This is going to be a very big event and
you will get a very good exposure.
Even I will recommend you to my designer friends.
G: Thank you!
Amara gets her project clicked by Gaurav and she eventually won the competition. A year passed and these guys were little out of touch. Gaurav had a great news to share with his friends. He initiates the conversation:
They were excited and ask for a big celebration. Gaurav adds:
Sure guys, why not? But before the studio is up, I need a favor from you both. Amara, could you please design the studio for me and Vidyut, could you please organize an event at your restaurant for me when I set this whole thing up for my family and friends? I am running too tight on budget so I will not be able to pay you much. Please let me know 🙂
Gaurav waited for a few minutes, and assumed that they might be busy at work. He spent his day planning for his studio. He checked his phone for any updates from these guys a couple of times during the day. The day passed. He woke up next morning to check the group for any response he might have received that night. He did…
This is a light-hearted sarcastic approach on what happens when you offer to work for free. Most of you would relate this to a real-life scenario. Time and again, photography/design or for that matter anything that has got to do with creating something that is not there, is taken for granted. See how professionals reacted when asked to work for free, here in the PetaPixel article.
Ending this with a quote by Subi Samuel:
“If you throw peanuts, you will attract monkeys”
and the famous Joker one-liner:
“If you are good at something, don’t do it for free”
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