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Photographer Shows How Absurd People Asking For Free Pics Are With An Ad Asking For Other Services For Free
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People, Photography2 years ago

Photographer Shows How Absurd People Asking For Free Pics Are With An Ad Asking For Other Services For Free

Just because you love what you do, doesn’t mean that you should be happy to do it for free. That is one thing that a lot of artists would love for people to know.

You wouldn’t ask your doctor to work for free even if they love healing people. You wouldn’t want your pilot to fly the plane for free even if they love soaring through the sky. Nor would you demand a cook at your favorite restaurant to make you food for free even though they love making people happy. So why would you ask a photographer, who loves their craft, to take pictures for free?

Well, one photographer had enough of hearing endless requests to work for free, so they printed out and hung up a witty sign, asking for people living in Chicago to apply and do their own jobs for nothing.

A photographer was tired of being asked to work for free, so they posted this satirical job ad

Image credits: reddit

When the photographer’s friend Alexispaige1124 shared a photo of the sarcastic sign on Reddit, the internet loved it. Nearly 40,000 people thought the post was worth upvoting. While another 510 Redditors left a comment.

Unfortunately, in modern times, some individuals view artists not as technical professionals, but people who love their craft so much that just doing what they do is supposedly reward enough. They believe that passion shouldn’t be monetized because, in their opinion, art is all about pleasure and good vibes. Why would anyone want to sully that with something as mundane as money? Yuck!

What these people forget is that artists, just like anyone else, need compensation for their time in order to buy food, pay for rent, use transportation, and pay for all the hundreds of small things that it takes to live like a civilized human being, not an opossum in a dumpster.

They also don’t see the large amounts of effort that artists put into their projects. What might seem like a simple sketch here or a quick snapshot there takes up more time than most of us realize. Not to mention all the blood, sweat, and tears that artists sacrificed to get to the point that they’re at now.

Dear Pandas, what do you think of people who ask others to do their jobs for free? Have you ever been in a situation where you were pressured to work for nothing? Share your story with us and other Pandas in the comments below. And remember to support your local or favorite artists with something more tangible than exposure and smiley faces.

Here’s how internet users reacted to the witty jobs-for-free ad

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Kai
Community Member
2 years ago

Couple years ago, I repaired a friend's computer. I only charged the components prize on the tax even if stayed 2 days building it.Then he said "I tought you were doing it for free since you are my friend!" and refused to pay. I just unbuilded the computer and left. Good luck buddy.

Uwe Theiss
Community Member
2 years ago

Wait, he didn't want to pay the parts you had to buy to fix it? I am also pretty good with computers and I have build and I maintain a lot of PCs around my friends, but they always paid the parts and most of them insisted to pay me something for my time. Even if not my normal rates cause I did it as a friend. I am sorry, but you need better friends.

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Viviane Katz
Community Member
2 years ago

When I was 15, my family was invited to someone's family reunion. My parents weren't sure why we were invited... I figure it out pretty quickly, when I was stuck in the basement with a zillion little kids and chased back down every time I tried to join the adults. A 14-year-old niece of the hosts was as pissed as I was to be stuck down there and used for free babysitting. (No it wasn't an age issue for the hosts -- their 15-year-old nephew was welcome to hang out with the adults and enjoy better food. Sweet guy, tried to get me to join him, but no dice from the hosts).

Rissie
Community Member
2 years ago

I had a similar situation. My parents got an invite to my cousin's wedding, I got an invite to sit their kids (for free of course). My brother got nothing. Poor him. I never sat kids, let alone theirs. My parents didn't go to their wedding because of this. All my other cousins always invited us all as a family (and just had their kids join in). It was weird.

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Avital Pilpel
Community Member
2 years ago

I'll work for exposure the minute I can pay my electricity bill with exposure.

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Kai
Community Member
2 years ago

Couple years ago, I repaired a friend's computer. I only charged the components prize on the tax even if stayed 2 days building it.Then he said "I tought you were doing it for free since you are my friend!" and refused to pay. I just unbuilded the computer and left. Good luck buddy.

Uwe Theiss
Community Member
2 years ago

Wait, he didn't want to pay the parts you had to buy to fix it? I am also pretty good with computers and I have build and I maintain a lot of PCs around my friends, but they always paid the parts and most of them insisted to pay me something for my time. Even if not my normal rates cause I did it as a friend. I am sorry, but you need better friends.

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Viviane Katz
Community Member
2 years ago

When I was 15, my family was invited to someone's family reunion. My parents weren't sure why we were invited... I figure it out pretty quickly, when I was stuck in the basement with a zillion little kids and chased back down every time I tried to join the adults. A 14-year-old niece of the hosts was as pissed as I was to be stuck down there and used for free babysitting. (No it wasn't an age issue for the hosts -- their 15-year-old nephew was welcome to hang out with the adults and enjoy better food. Sweet guy, tried to get me to join him, but no dice from the hosts).

Rissie
Community Member
2 years ago

I had a similar situation. My parents got an invite to my cousin's wedding, I got an invite to sit their kids (for free of course). My brother got nothing. Poor him. I never sat kids, let alone theirs. My parents didn't go to their wedding because of this. All my other cousins always invited us all as a family (and just had their kids join in). It was weird.

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Avital Pilpel
Community Member
2 years ago

I'll work for exposure the minute I can pay my electricity bill with exposure.

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