An illustrator had the perfect response to a “for exposure” scrounger
For some reason, people think it’s okay to ask creative workers to do jobs for nothing more than the publicity they generate, in a way that would be unthinkable when dealing with a plumber or a nurse, for example. When this particular brand of “for exposure only” scrounger tried to hit up illustrator, @EnSomnios, he had the ideal solution, and he shared it with us all on Twitter.
It seemed as though he couldn’t quite believe it himself, but the screenshots confirm the worst.
Did I seriously just get for exposured pic.twitter.com/HDDhFuD3b6
— En (@EnSomnios) February 8, 2019
It started off in an innocuous, if a little pushy, way.
Unfortunately, it took a slightly creepy turn.
Of course, the anonymous enquirer didn’t want to pay actual money for the job.
To which @EnSomnios had the most beautiful clapback you’ll ever see.
His pithy response has gone viral, hopefully inspiring other artistic types who might end up in the same boat – and by “might”, we mean “will”. Other Twitter users clearly felt his pain.
Y I K E S pic.twitter.com/foPpZVokh6
— Rini (@lidlRini) February 8, 2019
And l did this one yesterday …. for real those people are everywhere !! pic.twitter.com/gH2aK2eOA2
— Kéké (@Kekeflipnote) February 9, 2019
For the amount of "You can't/should probably NOT even ask for a commission from an artist and offer to pay with exposure" posts I see LITERALLY EVERYWHERE, I boggles the mind that people still try.
No one is that famous that they can't pay for hard work like everyone else…
— Xanthe (@XantheDread) February 8, 2019
How DARE an artist asked to be paid or their time and energy!
Just use that exposure to pay your bills,
that's totally how reality works.
//Sarcasm aside, this is the best way to handle these kind of moochers. pic.twitter.com/HzzOqWFFlv
— ☕CuppaCoffee☕ (@BirdieBroken) February 9, 2019
This succinct reaction nails it.
Pay 👏 Artists 👏 For 👏 Their 👏 Work 👏
PS: Exposure is NOT an acceptable form of payment. 😒😒😒 https://t.co/gZhnU1bmCU
— captainreadalot (@CaptainReadALot) February 9, 2019