I've just come across this blog post by Richard Aslan.
I'm sure anyone who works in theatre (on stage, off stage, behind the curtains, up in the rig, behind the sound desk, at the follow spot, in their studios. EVERYONE) has experienced this... Can we keep on working for free? Can we keep on not paying people? What is the value of 'experience', when you've already worked on 10 professional shows (unpaid of course).
I studied my Design for Performance degree in London, and after 8months working for free post-graduation (no expenses covered - actually having to pay to have the privilege of working), I decided to leave. I had no money to pay to travel to my jobs anymore!
So, is there a solution? The money situation isn't going to change, so do we change the way we work?
This blog does mainly talk from a designer point of view, but it is applicable for everyone.
Have a gander!
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