People have gone to jail for too much exposure – John Hess explains why this is stupidest reason to work for free.

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This is a cart/horse situation. You’re brand new, and not even out of high school yet, let alone college.

This isn’t about not collaborating with your friends, making your own stuff, etc. This is about not being suckered.

Jed Darlington-Roberts

i can see what you mean, but as a young filmmaker of 16 years old, its really hard to get anyone that will even consider you to help film, yet film for money


Typically people who ask you to work for free will not hire you when there is a paying job, simply for the reason that when they will have the money, they will hire someone who has value to their eyes and makes them pay.
This is valid too is people ask you to cut your rate too much due to their “low” budget. Once they have a bigger budget they move on to bigger people.
There might be exceptions here and there, but they are few and far in between.
If you absolutely feel that you must do it, then set your conditions too: so many hours, so much time, and after that time, a consideration for pay with specific reasons.
You can also barter something or some mentoring time which would be useful to you. It’s a way to tell them that you have value. Even if you are a beginner, you hold value because of your perseverance, your hard work, your intelligence and problem solving skills, etc.. etc.. The “other side” must feel the end of your bargain, not just that they are getting away with murder. Keep track of everything you do, and learn not only about your job, but observe everything and see where you fit best.
Make a list of who you would want to work for, or work with, and try getting through to these people. Actually, finding a mentor right now is probably the best way to go. You might get invited to the sets to observe. Write something about it for your class.

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