This week’s radio show was the continuation of a conversation I started a few weeks ago with my friend and fellow radio host, Lynn Casper. Lynn hosts an excellent podcast called Homoground that highlights amazingly talented LGBT musicians and artists. She also organizes and promotes some truly meaningful- and much needed- events for other LGBT creatives in and out of the music industry. The other week Lynn and I met in person to talk about our businesses and how we could collaborate to highlight some of the issues we both were facing as business owners. The discussion turned into something bigger and we decided to keep it going on this week’s show, which is focusing on being paid what you’re worth and ways to fund creative projects.
I love when shows like this seem to come at the perfect time. Just this week as I was sitting down to prep some conversation topics for the show, I received an email from a large national publication that was looking for a blogger to create regular original content for a sponsored section of their magazine. With few details given I requested more information on the sponsor, amount of content needed and the pay rate. I was both surprised and not surprised to hear back that the only pay would be “exposure”. After nearly a decade of creating original content, I feel my time and work are worth being compensated, so apparently that took me out of the running right away. I’m ok with that, but it seemed like a great reminder that even the largest corporations are still looking- and assuming- to get free work from people they respect in their niche- even when they’re being paid additionally by a sponsor to create the content. That sort of situation really makes me sit up and think, so today we touched on topics like:
-When is doing work for free ok and when (and how) should you stop?
-How can content creators work together to protect their niches from people de-valuing their work/time?
-How nice is too nice?
-What are the next steps we can take as a creative community to ensure that we (women, in particular) feel confident enough to ask for what they want/deserve/need?
I’m particularly excited about an idea that came up at the very end of the show and hope to turn that into an actionable project this year. So if you have any feedback on that or requests, please feel free to contact me here or in the comment section below. Thanks so much to Lynn for joining me and to all of you for listening. xo, grace