How To No-More-Bullshit inspired by Kate Moross
At Forward Festival Vienna, Kate Morros not only tackled topics about their work in general but took the chance to talk about important issues like how money matters in the creative industries.
As Creatives, we should all stop undervaluing our work. It’s okay to make things and be paid for them. And also, it must not be a masterpiece every single time, it’s absolutely beautiful if it just makes people smile. So the next time you want to spice up your CV with an unpaid internship or if you yourself are not paying your interns, read this. And if you want to know how to be a good ally and become a better human, the next lines are for you.
I. PAY INTERNS.
Because no internship no matter how cool or good for the CV should be unpaid. Your work matters. All interns should be PAID for work and these positions should be accessible to all people, not just those that can afford to work for free.
II. WORK IN A DIVERSE TEAM & PUSH IT FORWARD.
Every company, team, and project is better if a diverse team is part of the whole process. Start working in a diverse team and push forward hiring diverse people. Be a striking force! Support, include and listen to the voices of Women, LGBTQI+, people of color, differently abled, and neurodiverse people in your workplace and in the work you create.
While fostering a group dynamic is important, it’s vital to be conscious of individual needs.
– Niellah Arboine, Intern Magazine
III. BE A GOOD ALLY.
When a colleague makes fun of another colleague using sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, fatphobic comments, call them out. Being a good ally means doing this when nobody is watching and when nobody is asking. This applies also to other environments like your family, friends, etc.
IV. PAY OVERTIME AND ACTIVELY DISCOURAGE IT.
The best companies aren’t families. They’re supporters of families. Allies of families. They’re there to provide healthy fulfilling work environments so that when workers shut their laptops at a reasonable hour, they’re the best husbands, wives, parents, siblings they can be.
– Jason Fried, It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work