I HEAR YOU! I FEEL YOU! I AM A PROFESSIONAL, TOO!
Hi! My name is Leighann Lord. I'm a standup comedian, author, and keynote speaker. (Also a sci-fi fan, dog lover, and avid audio book listener.) I posted this on social media recently:
I am a professional standup comedian. This is not a hobby. I have worked and honed my craft for 25 years and I’m good at it. Stop acting like you’re doing me a favor by asking me to work your “good cause” for free. You’re being disrespectful. If Talent is not a line item expense in your budget then you need to rethink your plan. You expect to get paid at your job, right? Well, I expect to be paid at mine.
It seems to have hit a nerve not only with my fellow comedians but with artists and professionals in many industries. Apparently, the struggle is real. And so here’s a downloadable, fill-in-the-blank PDF that you can use and share to let folks know that you don’t work for free. :-) If you dig it, show me some social media love in any of the usual spaces and places Facebook | Twitter | Instagram. If you really dig it, join my email list and GET A FREE GIFT!