I've run into this dilemma many times when it concerns acting and actors and maybe you all can give me your two cents! To me most true artists can't help but do their art, regardless of whether they make money or not. I have always kept busy and been paid for very little of the work. Being in a place where you can make a living doing this is a luxury few people have - but at the same time there are others out there who are willing to exploit this "need" to express your art. I've done my share of unpaid work and certainly also looked for people to work for me where it had to be the desire to do something artistic that drove them (because I couldn't pay). But I've seen more and more negative comments towards unpaid "work". I say "work" because it's still your art and you're asked to do it for free - and if you say yes then you accept the terms. But I've experienced people hinting at how "unprofessional" it is to not be paid AFTER they have accepted to work without pay and I've heard the sentence "if you can afford to make a movie, you can afford to pay" many times. Though I on one hand agree, I also completely disagree with that statement as art - to me at least - is different from any regular job and for us the work really is often enough - and to be part of an artistic venture is extremely satisfying. I often seek out "jobs" that don't pay just because I love what I do and if they're a challenge and interesting - that's what matters to me. But what are your thoughts on this people?