I have been working my behind off lately to work up a portfolio for my application at Demand Media for an “Expert” position. I needed to show off that I could teach concepts on video, that I had a personality that translated well on screen and that I could work professionally on-air. I had to show a knowledge of social media, including twitter, bloggin, and Facebook, and that I had enough background knowlege that I could star in a diverse series of videos.
I spent so much time worrying about it before I submitted the application that I found myself up late, stressing, worrying… and I shouldn’t have. I submitted my application finally on Friday afternoon, and this morning I was accepted. I was so excited! I bounced. I yelled. I called my husband at work. I congratulated myself on building such a fantastic portfolio up.
I discovered through the portfolio making process that I really loved making videos. It took me back to when I was teaching crafting classes regularly. I felt connected and inspired. But there’s a hitch.
I discovered today that the Expert position is unpaid.
Seriously? Unpaid? They’ve been paying me for my writing for a year now, and then get me all excited about the prospect of this position, get me to work up a portfolio for it, then inform me it’s unpaid. Seriously?
Technically, they didn’t “inform” me at all. I spent all day going over and over their training materials trying to find the pay rate today, and finally asked on the forum. Another “Expert” clued me in.
I think I’ll continue to make the Youtube videos. I’m sure that I will, but unless I can find a local videographer willing to split his fee with me, I don’t know if there’s a point being “talent” for them. At least with YouTube I might make some Adsense revenue eventually!