I don’t know what it is, but I think many people are starting to be saving money for the holidays. Either that or there is something going on. Then again, it could just be an ebb and flow thing as well.
What am I talking about?
Perhaps I may be the only one that has noticed (though I doubt that with how most of us are), but it seems to be that more and more contests are coming in at the $150 (which is bad enough, in some cases for what some are asking for) or even the $100 ( which is worse given what most are asking for) levels. It’s mostly just an observation and kinda meant to be funny, of course, because it is the end of September and Holidays are celebrated by many in the next coming months. However, it’s also important as well.
Well, because it’s pointing to one of the areas of confusion I have had for some time and I thought I would talk about it with you all and see what you thought of it as well and any insight, advice, or maybe even suggestions on how to fix this if it is seen as an issue by anyone.
Allow me to elaborate …
As I have stated above, the reason that some of these contests can be frustrating and may even be a concern at a point, is the amount of work creatives are having to put in for the amount that is being awarded (and then even further keeping in mind – since it’s the MAIN foundation of SH-- that usually only one creative is going to get that amount. For the easy briefs that don’t provide a lot of information and are easy to figure out and even easy to get inspired and come up with a good half dozen or dozen names either immediately or over the course of the contest – the amount is perfect. However, there are contests that have more information or more complexity in their briefs, or take 22,000 turns and changes (asking for this, that, and the other and always want more more more, changing the brief, changing the type or style or whatever and may only ‘like’ entries if that the entire time), or ones that are in industries we may be lucky that 5 creatives on the entirety of SH understand. For these contests, does the pay really add up to be worth it at $100? Especially since one person gets that money in most cases, and it may not be you.
For me, I can’t answer this question in exact perspectives. I’m sure it may be the same for some of you as well. I know that it really depends on the contest, your mood at the time, how much you want the fun; challenge; and/or the money, and other factors. I’m just trying to make sense of how others feel about this and IF we should consider some types, formats, descriptions, activity levels of CHs, CHs amount of requests or types of requests, etc – a concern. If so, when we should do so?
I don’t know. I don’t even know if anything should, can, or even will be done about this at all. That’s why I am asking because as I have seen in the past, we all seem to be a bit linked in the way we think – so maybe I’m not alone in this inquiry or wondering. I’d really like to know other’s thoughts on this. Because I know I have experienced contests that I open, read, reacknowledge the amount and my possible chances of winning and I’m like Ducky off of The Land Before Time going, “Nope, Nope, Nope.” But if I am doing this, are you too? How many of us does it take doing that until it’s acknowledged as a potential concern?
Sure, there are going to be those dauntless creatives that dive in head first no matter the contest or the scope or the requests – so the contest will surely continue past those of us that ‘Ducky’ out but should it perhaps have been brought to the attention of SH? Is there merit in that? I mean, if nothing is brought up as an issue or concern, it isn’t seen as one – but at that end, if it is, is there anything to be done about it? Is it something that should even be brought up? I mean, I know SH can’t say, “You’re not offering enough money for what you’re expecting of the creatives.” That would be wrong, maybe on many levels, and not to mention striving away from their main goal and purpose. But, perhaps something could be done. That is, if it is an issue, or one worth fixing at least.
Some testimonials have brought up amount of entries, or quality of entries in the past and I wonder if these situations could have existed because of the amount of the contest versus what they were asking, the direction they were seeking, the level of their engagement, and all the things that go hand in hand to make our time worth it. Could their experience have been fixed if they had known that these things affect many things? I just want CHs to find what they are looking for, but it is stressful to creatives to give them such with the aforementioned things being factors.
Then again, it could just be me. I’d be interested in hearing thoughts, advice, or anything here on if anyone else sees how this may be a concern to anyone else and if so what may be able to be done about it. And if it’s not a concern, maybe just some advice on what you do to navigate such situations?