Quick post today as I realized I've spent the last month... well... not updating this.
When I was in uni I considered the biggest milestone possible was getting paid work - which arguably is the biggest and most important milestone. However, recently I had to decline some work, which looking back, I think can be considered another milestone.
Not giving out any details at all, the general principle was that I was approached with a job offer which required 6-8 hours a day of work, for an undisclosed length of time, with remuneration only being forthcoming once the project was complete. Now, when I was in uni I took some low paying jobs, because I had money in the form of a part time job and my student loan, and the experience was almost worth as much as the money, so 7 or 8 months ago I may have asked for more details and considered taking the task onboard.
However, as it stands at the moment, I have a lot on my plate - working 5 days a week with my other freelance contracts, and my part time job on the weekend. Without the safety net of a student loan, I've found myself having to prioritize, and, as is expected with real life, landlords and bills come first.
So, I had to turn the job down. It's simply unaffordable, and damaging to the industry, to work on promises of money to come. Especially, when the expectation is to work 8 hours a day with no recompense - Plumbers won't fix all the pipes in your house and accept a handshake and a smile, with a note saying the payment will be sent over when the pipes have worked for 6 months, so illustrators shouldn't have to expect to wait for the product to finish/sell to get paid.
So yep, some naive introspection and reflection on something which happened to me recently.