In A Perfect World…
It’s sort of entertaining to me that every time I write a post urging freelancers to get paid for their writing or photography, it gets people riled up. There was the 6 page hate thread on the message boards, and the latest post about it indirectly encouraged much discussion on other blogs after some personal interaction between the mags and the contributors (weird, right?) So why is getting paid for services rendered such a hot button issue these days? Well, I figure it has to be that society doesn’t see value in writing or shooting action sports. These jobs are so great, we should be begging to do them for free, right?
Well by that logic, I have a new idea. Any job with any personal benefits should be done for free. Here are some examples.
Ski/Snowboard Instructor: You are spending the entire day riding. I can’t believe anyone has ever gotten paid for this one!
Chef: I’ve seen Top Chef. You people really seem to enjoy cooking. You should just be stoked people like your food.
Rock Star: So you play music for huge audiences and are adored by millions. I think instead of making more money as you get more popular, you should get docked for every new fan you make. Their adoration is your payment!
Pilot: Seriously, you get to fly a giant airplane. People DREAM about being able to fly. You are so lucky just to get the opportunity!
Doctor: You save people’s lives. This career path is sort of like being a god. And hey, if the bank wants your mortgage or car payment, just explain to them that instead, you will some day save their lives!
This way, we can all work jobs that make us totally miserable, and society will make sense again!