Since my blog calling Ottawa out on asking for hundreds of hours of free performances, people have sent me lots of articles from other artists and organizations across the country who are fundraising to get to Inspiration Village, to perform for free. Everyone needs to make their own call, and I support that.

But while waiting for clarification from Ottawa 2017, to any artist seeking opportunity compensated in exposure, I ask that you first ask yourself some honest questions.

And, no matter what, remember that these decisions are situational, and it is always worth asking yourself: am I being taken advantage of?

Disclaimer: I’m so not a visual artist! And I had to keep this as trim as I could, so not everything is necessarily here. This is just to help people think it through. If any arrows are missing or confused, please let me know!