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 Posted: Thu Aug 12th, 2010 01:52 am
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Alan

 

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Mana: 
I thank everyone for the interesting commentary and advice.  Timmy's comment has me thinking, though, that technology like Skype could more and more replace face-to-face visits from artists, for which we usually do get paid, particularly if the visit involves substantial travel.  So, while I'll be doing this first Skype session gratis, I am intending to take a leave of absence from teaching year after next, and, during that year, I'm hoping to earn some money by visiting schools where my plays have been performed.  If many would rather "Skype" me than have me come physically, I'll have to decide how to handle those sessions financially.  It's interesting that one of the most prevalent opinions on this board has been,"Don't give away your work for free! It does us all a disservice."  Isn't our time and advice as practicing playwrights part of our "work"?  Should we also be careful about giving that away for free?  Again, I'm not planning on change my mind this time around, but I'm thinking about future ventures.  I'd love to be making so much on my royalties that I didn't have to worry about any of this, but....  We all know what a realistic wish that is.