Should I ever play for free? (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star)
Roughly follows Gab & Jam episode 214. Should I ever play for free? (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star)
This is one of those age-old questions that plague artists of all kinds. Should you ever play for free? Some of the ideas here have been cobbled together from personal experience, from podcasts, and from a book that on my iPod playlist, called Know Your Value; all of these are intended to make you aware of the implications, mindset, and, most importantly, some strategies for make sure you are earning what you are worth.
We love to play, so when we are asked to play, it is easy to feel flattered and for us to WANT to perform, no matter what. However, we have to remember that our GOAL is to be compensated for our artistic endeavors.
Gab & Jam episode 214. Should I ever play for free? (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star)
7 Things to Consider when thinking about “playing for free” (or giving your work away):
1. People value things that they have to pay for MORE than things they get free.
As a prime example, when the vaccines were free, folks were stealing them; now that they are free, folks are NOT going to get them. Also, think about the times you have volunteered to do something, but then you find out that other folks that have to be called in to do similar work have been paid. It can make you feel some kind of way that you are NOT being paid, but because you have given it away, there is no thought that you NEED to be paid. Think about this BEFORE you give away your time and talents for free.