A reader emails me with some information about a company in the Bay area called The Base Studio.
The guy on the phone said that in order to classify their staff according to their skill level, they’ve been asking candidates to come in for a kind of test period. Artists come in and work for free for three days, and the studio looks at how much they’d cranked out, and classifies them accordingly. So, even if they don’t hire you, they could feasibly get as much as three days worth of labor for free.
I’m surprised how often artists and TDs come on my blog to defend the practice of working for free so I was delighted that someone took the time to email me about a practice they object to. I don’t condone the practice of working for free and find it shameful. It’s important that artists know about such companies so they can avoid these kinds of practices.
Once again, if you are conflicted, please refer to this “Should I Work For Free” chart.