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truebluemeandyouHow to Answer the Top 35 Asked Interview Questions. Reblogging one of my most popular posts with clearer images. Go to the link for the highest resolution.

How to Answer the Top 35 Asked Interview Questions from The Undercover Recruiter here. Posted for friends looking for jobs this summer. Unfortunately you may also be asked illegal questions and these are two pretty good articles here and here.


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"Unfortunately, I Can’t Offer Compensation"


I wanted to make a post like this a few months ago, when I was approached about having fanart I’d made for a very popular children’s show in an official book for said children’s show.

Sounds great, right?

Except there was no room in the budget for compensation, as set by the higher ups, and not the person actually compiling the book.. My first reaction (to myself) was fighting with my emotions over it: I really wanted that chance to have my work displayed in something like that! But I also have sort of strict values I have to set for myself, otherwise I’ll get taken advantage of. (It took a lot of freelancing to figure this out.)

So instead of replying angrily (which is almost always my first wish), I asked if this person could see if they could offer any sort of compensation at all… like maybe a free copy of the book to the fanartists who were approached about having their work in the book. Something. Anything. I know for sure there’s a budget behind this show, and that even a single copy isn’t “enough” but at least it was something.

He replied saying he’d ask and see what he could do. I wasn’t extremely hopeful, but over the weekend he came back and said… that yeah actually, he managed to make it so they’d give a free copy of the book to any fanartists that would get to contribute. Because I’d asked! Is that still enough? Not when there’s such a huge audience for this… but at least it was a start. (I was happy that people who’d said yes and previously would’ve received nothing would now receive something!)

And then today I got an email asking if a very popular gaming site could use my stuff. No compensation. Not in the budget. Yes, I asked.

This isn’t a new phenomenon. People always try to get others to do work cheaper, faster, and better than their competitors. With the Internet, it’s easier to do this. It sort of ends up being very unfortunate when it comes to art, though; there is so much art freely available to look at that companies feel like, “well, it’s already there. Why should we have to pay for it?” And so they don’t. They ask around (and sometimes don’t ask at all) to see whose works they can use for free, giving “credit” (and sometimes not even that). This is the infamous “for exposure” mentality.

And if you’re like my husband, you’ll go, “but you can’t really do anything about it, because they’re always looking for someone to do it for free, and people always will.” And yeah, that sucks. I’d like to help change that though. Too many people just accept the first offer they get instead of going, “can’t you see if there’s anything you can compensate me with?”

I know there are a branch of people who like doing free work for small groups and for individuals. That’s cool! Offering yourself as a free resource to others without much money when you have the means to do so is great! More resources out there for free or cheaply means more people can be creative when they don’t have much money, themselves. That’s usually fine.

But, when companies have funding and are choosing not to set aside some money to pay creators for content when they absolutely do have it, that’s really sending out a terrible message. “Oh, yeah, we really want your stuff. But, ah, we just… don’t think it’s worth anything. Oh, but it’s worth enough to be used by us. Just… it’s not worth… you know, money.”

It’s not impossible to pay creators. I know a person who specifically pays for every project he involves other artists in, and he tries to pay more when funding goes over what he expected. A single dude who organizes small run art books is able to get more funding to artists than a person put in charge of organizing an official book for a very popular show, or a person who writes articles for a site that makes millions a year.  How am I supposed to not criticize this?

It mostly comes down to people not valuing others and their time. No one cares about art until suddenly they need a piece of art. And because it’s not “necessary,” it’s not something they want to work into a budget. It’s kind of bullshit. Art is what draws attention and makes someone initially look at something or glance away. I could spend paragraphs on this, of course, but I’ll just cut it off and say here: please, if approached by a company that is clearly doing well, do what you can to get fair payment out of them. You’re seriously shortchanging other artists if you don’t. You might deliberate over how you want to be more well-known, and oh you like doing projects for free, but you might climb out of obscurity a little at the cost of all other artists being seen as a free resource, and that’s really messed up.

So even if you like doing free work, please do every other artist a favor and try to get compensation from big names if you know they can afford it. It’s fine to do personal things for free if you like doing that, but don’t let professionals get by with offering nothing in return for your hard work. You’ll make it worse for the whole community if you do.

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