I first realised that I wanted to be a writer during the second year of my creative writing A Level after playing around with a Bridget Jones-style piece called “Flabby Fun Sacks & Beach Babes” which was a comedy piece about a 30-something year old unlucky in love woman.
Many of my friends read the work that I produced and I soon became concerned over copyright issues and how if my work was ever plagiarised there was no way of proving that it was my own. I believe that every creative artist has the right to copyright their work and that nobody should work for free no matter who is employing them.
I first became aware of the No Free Work movement when I signed up to The Freelancer Club online (https://thefreelancerclub.co.uk/) in the hope that I might make the first few baby steps into achieving my dream of being a published author. I soon came across a campaign they were supporting called #nofreework. The artists who sign up to the movement promise:
- Never to work for free if they are producing intellectual property which may have market value for nothing in return.
Of course I immediately signed up in the hope that nobody would be allowed to exploit us creative dames and “dunkers” anymore or ever again in the future. I urge anyone who is of a creative persuasion to sign, it is free for everyone and there is a promotional pack provided so we can spread the word about the movement on our own creative platforms… Just like this!
I cannot imagine anything worse than someone exploiting my own creativity to benefit their personal growth. Sign up my “mini milks”. We’re standing up for the future creativity of this world.