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- I will not claim ownership of someone else's work
- I will be accountable, professional, and punctual at all times for my clients and projects
- I will not engage in cultural appropriate; instead, I will draw inspiration from and pay tribute to different cultures
Here's the deal.
As young/inexperienced creative, I worked either for exposure or was under compensated for many of my initial projects. Why? For practice in some cases. To get my foot in the door in other cases. Mostly, it was because I was young, dumb, and didn't know any better. As a professional, what this question really means is will I take my free time that I could be spending either with my family or on paying projects and do some creating for free for you?
It's a pretty rude question.
Do you expect a doctor to perform surgery for free? A police officer to lay down their life for you for free? A garbage collector to pick up your smelly garbage for free? A teacher to educate your kids for free?
Of course not.
So why would you expect me to use skills that you don't have to create something for you with payment as nebulous as exposure? Would you do a project at your day job for exposure or would you expect to be fairly compensated for your skills, time, and effort? I certainly hope you would expect to be paid, with actual money, and at a fair compensation rate.
So please, stop believing that I would spend my time using my skills to make a tangible creation for your for free.
Thank you for attending my TED Talk.
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For experienced designers (like myself) our level of effort is consistent from hour to hour, which makes hourly charges feasible at a standard rate. Additionally, I do not charge for mistakes on my part or portions of time where I have to experiment in order to get a new desired look/feel. Just like many trades, when I charge hourly rates, the client is getting the benefit of my experience, making my design efforts more efficient, and I do not charge the client for experimentation or mistakes unless explicitly agreed upon between myself and my client.
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