Ever been contacted by someone, asking you to work on their thing for free? Apply the Peppermint Monster Principle: either this person has money, but just doesn’t want to pay you. In that case, they don’t respect your time and effort. Or, they don’t have money to pay you, in which case they also don’t have money and resources to create the project they’re talking about.
Do not feel that you are missing out on any real opportunities by turning these people down. You can be certain that their project, whatever it is, is not going to happen. Because people who are unable or unwilling to invest in their own product, going around the internet asking complete strangers to work for free, is not how bestselling books and big hit tv shows are made.
EDIT: Of course, if you want to take on an unpaid, collaborative, mutually beneficial project with friends or other artists, that's totally fine. What I'm talking about here are total strangers asking for favors from artists.
EDIT: If this flowchart offends you, and you feel that people should care about your project regardless of whether or not you have money, I recommend reading these two articles: www.cracked.com/blog/6-harsh-t… and medium.com/life-learning/why-i…
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