Pursuing a career in the creative field is not as different as working in other professions. There are challenges, years of hard work learning and honing skills, and need for continual improvement if you want to be successful. And yet, one of the most common woes of many artists, designers, and people who work in the creative industry who are yet to build a name for themselves is being asked to work for free. Whether you are the artist or designer or someone thinking of hiring one for a project, here are some of the reasons why payment should be on the discussion table.
Time is money
Yes, art and design is not all about money. But artists’ and designers’ time as valuable as everyone else’s. Just because they love what they does not mean other people can expect them to spend hours working on a project without getting paid for it. Imagine asking an engineer to build a house or a surgeon to perform surgery for free.
Return of investment
Many artists and designers spent years studying their craft. They invested time, money, and resources in pursuit of their career. Getting compensation for the work they do is a return of investment.
The cost of creating art or design
A design or work of art does not magically appear out of nowhere. There is always a cost involved. From materials used to the cost of renting a working space, making art or design can be costly process.
Setting a precedent
Working for free sets a precedent that could affect other artists and designers. And it can be a disadvantage, especially for those who are still trying to build a career out of their passion. While there are many successful artists and designers out there who can probably afford to do a lot of work gratis, there are also those who are struggling to pay the rent and other day-to-day expenses. Working without expecting any compensation or for exposure creates a culture where struggling artists and designers would be expected to work for free.
Watching TED Talks is one of the most informative, intriguing, inspiring, and fascinating ways to make best use of your time. And if you are interested in architecture, you will find a wealth of interesting talks to choose from. Here are some of the best videos you need to watch.
Marc Kushner: Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by … you
Marc Kushner offers a glimpse into the past thirty years of architecture. He shares interesting insights on how architects are benefiting from the public’s feedback that can be mined from social media. This creates a connection between architects and the public that can be a source of great ideas in designing buildings that shape society and people’s lives.
Michael Murphy: Architecture that’s built to heal
Can architecture heal? American architect Michael Murphy says yes. Here he talks about how he and his team strive to design buildings and structure that tap into the healing power of architecture.
Michael Pawlyn: Using nature’s genius in architecture
Sustainable design and addressing some of the biggest challenges in today’s architecture are just some of the ideas Michael Pawlyn touches on in this talk. He discusses some of the things that can be observed in nature that can be used to design game-changing architecture.
Ole Scheeren: Why great architecture should tell a story
Architect Ole Scheeren believes that buildings are more than just structures that serve their functions. In this video, he talks about architecture can also tell a story. He shares examples of his work and the stories behind them.
Takaharu Tezuka: The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen
What if a school is designed to allow more freedom of movement instead of restricting it? Architect Takaharu Tezuka talks about how he designed a kindergarten that creates a space where children can truly enjoy being kids at school.