Time for a quick rant(s) to get stuff off my chest, please feel free to ignore:
Posts about companies asking artists for free work have popped up on my FB feed (see HERE and HERE). Artists are UP IN ARMS that they’re asked to do work for free. Look, EVERYONE who has a specialty in life is asked to do free work. Yes, even non-artists! Most people are asked by friends/family/co-workers/’pals’ which makes it harder to say no to than it is to Showtime/Stephen Fry. The big difference is that everyone else doesn’t act like they’re an oppressed minority. If you don’t want to do the ‘job’ just gracious say no (people remember when you act courteously and not go for the [I’m copywriting this] BuzzFeed Response) and move on. You are not a special snowflake because you make your living from an artistic job.
I’ve never heard a group of people whine as much about their jobs than semi/pro quilters. Yes, you don’t make what you should. Yes, your fabric line pays you squat, your book deal terms are atrocious, your quilts wouldn’t sell for what you think they should. So what? I’d wager to guess most people have jobs where they think they should be compensated more. If someone with a ‘regular’ job complained as much as pro quilters complain they would be asked “maybe you should think of changing careers/jobs” not just a pat on the back. If you want to continue accept the fact you’re in the quilt industry for god’s sake, you’re not a pro basketball player. Be happy that you make money off something you like doing, not spending time trying to figure out what you should (in theory) be making if the world was a fair place.