Is spec Work Worthwhile?
glen southern and rico cilliers share their personal Opinions On spec work and whether it should be considered
“Spec work means to work on a speculative basis,” explains Southern. “You sometimes hear words like ‘art test’ bandied around. What it basically means is that a client wants something without paying for it. It’s a difficult place to be and you can be abused if you aren’t careful. Would you ask a mechanic to fix your car just to see if they could?”
Cilliers argues that there are some benefits, but artists should be very careful. “I generally don’t recommend it. However, there are cases where it’s actually beneficial. I wouldn’t do spec work for unknown clients, but I’ve done some for existing clients. In short, if you don’t know the person you’re dealing with, don’t trust them, and certainly don’t do any work for them without adequate compensation.”