Working for free can be a little controversial and I'm sure there are many creatives out there that completely disagree with it. There are plenty of reasons as to why someone shouldn't work for free but the debate continues. I, on the other hand, would consider working for free depending on a number of factors. Sometimes making money isn't the objective for me and working for free can be very fulfilling. For instance, offering free work for a charity is something I've done regularly and felt very good about. On other occasions, however, I have worked for free as part of a strategy. This is a more risky method because it doesn't always pay off, but, when it does, it can pay off really well.
Jared Polin, a photographer and popular YouTuber, describes in his latest video how he was able to turn some personal work he did into something that generated income. Polin talks about why there are occasions when you may want to consider working for free. Sometimes the initial income that you could have received for doing a particular shoot may just be the tip of the iceberg and free work can help you network and build rapport with the right people. Personally, I've had a similar experience where doing some free work for the right people has opened doors that may not have opened previously. This, in turn, has allowed me to make the right contacts in order to go even further.
Have you had any similar experiences? What are your thoughts when it comes to working for free? Check out the video for the full story.