God I hate life. My sister, who's a professional stylist, recommended that to gain the necessary experience to work as a photographers assistant, I should begin by working for free. I've PA'd about 5 or 6 times, got the hang of it alright, but need some fine tuning, ya know? So she tells me to work for free, at first at least. Now the very thought of working on a shoot where everyone is getting paid but me infuriates me. It's called WORK for a reason, I've always been told, because it's not something you'd want to do for free! And in fact, her first internship (which like most things, she attained through nepotism, something I fail miserably at) was paid, so I told her why not walk in the shoes of the poor man she wants me to be by go about this before she tells me to work for fee.
Now am I wrong to think this? Should I bite it and go find an unpaid internship with the desperate hope that it will lead to paying work (I fear becoming the guy who nobody will pay because he has the rep or the habit of working for free), or am I right in believing that as long as the photographer, the stylist, the MUA, the producer and the art directors are getting paid, shouldn't I too be compensated, and not just with "experience" but with something that will pay the bills and put food in my belly?
F I'm lost.