Artists don't need money, right? Their work of line fills their souls, and that's enough for any human being, right? And after all, drawing or having a photography career is more like a hobby and nobody gets paid for their hobbies...right?

Well, no, obviously. It's not right. But that still seems to be the attitude of a lot of people who expect unpaid work form artists, unfortunately. A Twitter account called For Exposure is bringing this to the world's attention by tweeting the most ridiculous responses that young artists have received when they've had the downright nerve to ask for money for doing a job for somebody! From being offered to be paid in exposure, of course, to be asked to do their absolute best working for free just because; the attitude of the commissioners is just appalling at best.

Now, if you are an artist who often hears the phrase 'free work,' these tweets will be painfully relatable. If you sympathize with those with unpaid internship careers lasting their whole lives, these stories are a great example of the cause. So scroll down below to check the unpaid laborers' struggles for yourself.

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Anna Brandigi
Community Member
4 years ago

this is honestly sad

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Evgeniya Khon
Community Member
4 years ago

Woman whose profile is covered in black, you suck

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Arjan
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow! I could understand someone doesn't want a signature on it (it can take away from the design), but what an A-hole are you if you going to claim you don't remember the artist.

Leoninus Fate
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm a graphic artist and I actually had someone try this....{not just claim it was his, but trying to sell copies cause it was made "for him" and that meant he could do wut he wanted with it} So I sued him, got my prints back and he is not allowed to use them, also with a nice settlement of $2,600 bucks {the picture was only $10 to begin with too}

Gemma Capdevila Vinaja
Community Member
4 years ago

Did this guy ever heard about intellectual property?

Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

Hmmm... In some convoluted way, he was trying to make a point...but went so off track that he ended up being a jerky jerk.

Carly Noelle
Community Member
4 years ago

I could understand not linking it back to the artist, but . . . editing out the signature? Not cool.

Naud van Dalen
Community Member
4 years ago

Sometimes the art does belong to the buyer like how your boss owns everything you create during working hours because he pays you. He can also sell the things you made. Although in the case of custom designs made by an independent artist, it depends on his terms and conditions.

Timothy Davis
Community Member
4 years ago

Why does this even exist?

Austin Craig
Community Member
4 years ago

There's nothing really wrong with this one. If we're going to stand our ground on being paid every time (as we should), we can't then turn around and also demand free exposure and advertising.

Vladislav Antonyuk
Community Member
1 year ago

It's not exposure and advertising. It's a credit to other's work. In academics, shit like that is a sure way to get kicked out from university. But I understand, client just can't bother not being an entitled fucking asshole to the one that does the work for him. And people that see no problem are the reason why working culture is in such shitty condition.

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Pobody's Nerfect 麦わら帽子
Community Member
4 years ago

This asshat's profile must be known. No artist should have to work with someone like this, avoid at all costs

Anne Wild
Community Member
4 years ago

I would kill this one...

Luis Milian
Community Member
4 years ago

BURN!

UwaYS Minty
Community Member
4 years ago

Lol so true

Daniel Carrera
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't understand all the complaints. Artists say that they want to get paid for their job like everyone else and not with "exposure", and then you turn around and demand exposure. Make up your minds! I actually agree with the post. If I hire you to draw something for me, I expect to treat that as any other service that I pay for. Everyone else who sells me their services is doing a job and nobody else demands that I advertise their services as a condition for doing their job. As long as you guys keep acting like exposure is part of your payment, people will keep offering only exposure as payment.

Vladislav Antonyuk
Community Member
1 year ago

People like you are the reason why shit gets advertised and good products - aren't. Also, people like you are the reason why libertarian argument that "good product will always be popular because people share who made a good product" is a fucking bullshit. Seriously, how much of entitled greedy shit you are to either not pay or to not lift your fucking ass and give credit for a work? You literally are on the same tier as a fucking faggot of an employer, who can't lift his fucking ass to write recommendation letter for a fucking intern. You are a cancer. And I can only hope that you will die for one.

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Lina Tan
Community Member
4 years ago

this one is by far the worst, it's worse than not getting paid for, it's having your dear child kidnapped from you, which actually people do with original designed characters -.-

Hampus Zachriors Sundström
Community Member
2 years ago

i to am disgusted with the treatment artists get when someone wants their product, i would never work for free and neither should they. but this person has a point. when you pay for something it is yours, unless you license out something wich then should be said before the service is bought. games are licensed to you when you buy them this is said before the payment is done. unless you license your art to te person buying it, they should be free to do whatever they want with it be it remove the signature or alter it. i agree saying "remove the ugly signature" was going way to far. but if i bought something why should i have the artists link in my bio or description? i dont have the link to my pasta maker in the description just because i bought their brand. artiss wants to be treated like any other service and i agree they should be, and being treated equall means you can do whatever you want with the product you bought, including alter it.

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UwaYS Minty
Community Member
4 years ago

The IRONY!

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John
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow. Just wow. A 20 second clip of animation is like a weeks work, minimum.

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JEFF THE KILLER
Community Member
4 years ago

ok.....

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Mayerhofer Bettina
Community Member
4 years ago

the computer, tablet and electricity needs to be paid for too

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Cristi
Community Member
4 years ago

Overinflated ego?

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Georgia Stergiadis
Community Member
4 years ago

If I have to be nude, I expect to be paid

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Jacques
Community Member
4 years ago

lol the irony is worse than number 4

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Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

This guy's idea is great though... It WOULD be awesome to have a game like that.. But it's not in the right forum I s'pose.

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Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

Bout the weirdest thing I've read today.

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Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

Alright then, paint ur pic with ketchup n mustard!

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Cordélia Leite
Community Member
4 years ago

What this people think?! That artists don't need water, food, don't pay bills?!

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Katinka Min
Community Member
4 years ago

I'd send the the doodles one does during a lecture or while on the phone.

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Pablo Dalmasso
Community Member
4 years ago

What a horrible person.

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Evgeniya Khon
Community Member
4 years ago

Subtle....

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Katinka Min
Community Member
4 years ago

My favourite ist the line 'you don't do this for a living and if you do that is really sad.'

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Glen Stradwick
Community Member
3 years ago

The irony! It buuuuuurns!

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Evgeniya Khon
Community Member
4 years ago

Hahaha this is funny

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Georgia Stergiadis
Community Member
4 years ago

"You are Canadian for the love of gravy" BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

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Ivana Kanhäuser
Community Member
4 years ago

Is this real? No really: is this......

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#24

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Arjan
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm never calling myself a freelancer again, never knew people took that the wrong way :)

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georgia
Community Member
4 years ago

Do you have a budget?

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Katinka Min
Community Member
4 years ago

well, that's at least honest...

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Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

At least he's direct.

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David Novotny
Community Member
4 years ago

.....and if the world by any chance doesn't end next sunday we will reimburse you in 3 free sessions with our world class clairvoyant psychic.

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Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

Sooo....1 hour then... Get a caricature instead of a Botticelli.

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Kezia Paigee Tee
Community Member
4 years ago

Might as well be my own passion project and you the witness with no say in it. LOL

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Kalikima
Community Member
4 years ago

I think they just won drama queen awards...

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#33

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Adrian Jenkin (MarauderDeuce)
Community Member
4 years ago

Bet there were nude women queuing around the block for this opportunity!

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Glen Stradwick
Community Member
3 years ago

Admittedly, being a creative writer with a degree I have had this problem. I have fleshed out storylines that I want quality artwork for and have been willing to PAY for, but because so many people are gun-shy due to a shitload of people hounding mangaka to do it 'for exposure', it has gotten exponentially more difficult.

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Georgia Stergiadis
Community Member
4 years ago

No thanks...

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Leoninus Fate
Community Member
4 years ago

Is it bad that I would do this for no pay?

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brooke jackson
Community Member
2 years ago

The irony 🤦🏼‍♀️

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Evgeniya Khon
Community Member
4 years ago

Subtle:)

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Mary Kaye Waterson
Community Member
4 years ago

And performers are not guaranteed...

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Tina Bigham
Community Member
4 years ago

really with the plagiarizing?? My advice to this douche would be: go do your friends weddings, bar mitzvas, recitals etc for free (while doing your best possible work). Build your portfolio the way the rest of us had to.

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Adrian Jenkin (MarauderDeuce)
Community Member
4 years ago

So tempted to copy and send this to every author I like reading. :D

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Mary Kaye Waterson
Community Member
4 years ago

I tend to ball my hand into a fist and swing when people yell for no reason so don't be a little bitch and start crying.

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Kezia Paigee Tee
Community Member
4 years ago

I can brag this in front of my mum and even she won't be that impressed. So forget it.

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Mary Pinson
Community Member
4 years ago

you need money to make money.

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Georgia Stergiadis
Community Member
4 years ago

Well, yeah! You ask for a service, you pay for that service...mate!

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David Novotny
Community Member
4 years ago

You know... because working on a game is a lot like wanking

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Glen Stradwick
Community Member
3 years ago

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David Novotny
Community Member
4 years ago

intrigue! :D

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Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

Now this was a troll for sure! Has to be, right?

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Kalikima
Community Member
4 years ago

Sorry, it just lost the fight to some of my other base desires, like food, shelter, back rubs...

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Mary Pinson
Community Member
4 years ago

if racists are accused of being racist...isn't that just being called out?

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Notchimine Mette
Community Member
4 years ago

I want a star family...

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Larry Jakubecz
Community Member
4 years ago

Not respect, either? Damn!

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Evgeniya Khon
Community Member
4 years ago

Apparently this person knows nothing about making video games

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Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

U suck at poetry too.

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Kalikima
Community Member
4 years ago

She also clearly doesn't know what 'consecutively' means...

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Brandon Was Here
Community Member
4 years ago

Over The Garden Wall was amazing

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Mary Pinson
Community Member
4 years ago

someone needs to tell these artists all these people know to raise their prices!

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Larry Jakubecz
Community Member
4 years ago

This one has such a common and distinctive odor, I can sense it at "hello"

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Larry Jakubecz
Community Member
4 years ago

How much happier a world it would be if the numerous examples of sterling employ such as this actually skipped the time-wasting and went right to their sources who do great work for free!

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Hayley Lightcap
Community Member
4 years ago

All things considered that's one of the more reasonable things on this list

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Larry Jakubecz
Community Member
4 years ago

For some reason, this made me laugh more than most any of 'em.

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HUGH GASSOLE
Community Member
4 years ago

Pro = professional = profession?

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Larry Jakubecz
Community Member
4 years ago

Ohhhhhh, ok. Now I get why Banksy doesn't ever get money for his stuff: it's FUN!

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Larry Jakubecz
Community Member
4 years ago

How come you never see gig posts seeking shitty, talentless artist-wannabes for no pay?

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