Originally Posted by Modern Day Myth Prod. LLC
You are absolutely right! There are such happening even in today's world of people being kidnapped and shipped to another part of the world for such labor.
I also know what it is like to stand on line with homeless people to turn in enough bottles and cans to afford even a 2 litter Diet Pepsi in my refrigerator because my job does not pay me enough to cover my monthly bills. It's very depressing I can't even get an interview for a part-time job.
I ask myself why this person cannot offer something to an intern to attract even a film student to spend the time. A screen credit? Lunch? College credit?
It's tough out there right now, hang in there. I barely made ends meet freelancing most of last year (actually made less than i did the previous year) and around Feb/Mar of this year I thought I was going to have to give it up and go back to info tech for a while. Then along comes this gig out of the blue, just when things were their darkest. Been working solid since the last week of March, and I'm writing this right now from Munich on a job for the for the same client.
Crazy ups and downs in this business my friend. Got to be able to weather the lows. I've never been good at saving, nor have I ever really had much money anyway - so changing habits to suit the unsteady income has been difficult, but it can be done.
As far as why that person cannot offer something in exchange, well, I'll hazard a guess that it's a matter of "won't" not "can't." Some folks are just irredeemable jerk-nozzles. Also, there's a whole lot of Trustafarians in the media industry. Those folks can afford to take these shit gigs because someone else is footing their bills. Those folks were born with an "unfair advantage" (borrowed from an AU blog about media industry freelancing). The rest of us have to create our own "unfair advantages" any way we can.
Anyway, I totally agree and sympathize my friend. Keep walking, keep struggling, keep pushing on. Wasn't trying to flame or anything (though I do feel calling unpaid media work slavery is hyperbole of the wrong kind), yesterday was sort of rough, but I think I am adjusting to being 9 hours off my schedule. Managed to actually get almost 5 hours of sleep last night, rather than 3. Heh.