How to say no when asked to work for free

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Madeleine Dore

You know exposure doesn't pay the bills but how do you navigate those awkward exchanges where no one mentions money?

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We know how detrimental the work-for-free culture can be to the vitality of the arts sector and we know we can't afford to give away our skills. But for many of us, it is still awkward to ask for payment when offered 'opportunities' that don't come with a price tag.

About the author

Madeleine Dore is a freelance writer and founder of Extraordinary Routines, an interview project exploring the intersection between creativity and imperfection. She is the previous Deputy Editor at ArtsHub. Follow her on Twitter at @RoutineCurator