Dear Creatives, stand your ground.

I actually did wake up at 2am to write but since my throbbing head has other plans for me, I slept back and woke up at 4am. I can shake my head up and down now and hope that it stays shakable tomorrow.

Now playing: the playlist this idiot made for me. No, I won’t share, I’ll just be putting up the picture of the one who has my heart completely.

Between the last time we talked on this blog and now, I dyed my hair, watched the whole season of SEX EDUCATION and the two seasons of DYNASTY.

I was up most on most nights completely neglecting writing on this blog and doing ‘one more episode and I’ll write’.

Guess who one more episode herself to the very end of the series?

We need a season three and we need it fast!!!

Either ways, dear creatives that do not know how to place value on what they do, what’s the problem? Is it that you’re unsure or you feel like you’re not worthy to have value?

I ask this because I heard a whole web/app developer beat himself up in front of a potential client in order to seem humble.

He stuttered, he stammered and most of all, he wasn’t sure of how good he was.

The phrases ‘I could’ and ‘’maybe’ fell out his mouth so much that I almost walked up to him and gave him a resounding slap.

He had some pretty good jobs to his name but he didn’t value himself enough to see them as ‘good jobs’ and I watched as he was painfully priced from 100k to 30k because he seemed unsure of himself.

It was more painful than seeing Cristal Carrington die.

I’d never stop asking you to value yourself first before any other person values you. This way, nobody can ride you because they’d realize that they need you more than you need them.

Don’t be afraid to put a price on yourself because you want to seem nice and cheap unless nice and cheap can fund your lifestyle because you’ll most definitely be priced to nothingness even when you’re cheap. Price yourself knowing that your piggybank needs to be fed everyday and it cannot be fed with an empty account. This is my motivation.

Reminds me of the very time someone cut 80% off my budget for a job and told me ‘just accept this one, there will be more jobs in the future and we’ll put you on the list.’

God forbid, dear.

I was broke but I honestly refused to sell myself short and lose on both ends because I wanted to please people with my money in their pockets; because if 80% of the budget could be cut now, what was the guarantee that I’d even get paid at all next time?

What was the assurance that the next time a better job came up, I wouldn’t be called and priced to the level of disorientation simply because they know that I’d settle for just anything?

God forbid bad thing!

So dear creatives who want to make a difference and get paid while at it, place value on yourself knowing that they need you more than you need them because they’d have learnt it if they didn’t need you.

While you’re at it, ensure that you know how to deliver what is expected of you too because you’ll put yourself in a position of ‘see finish’ and lose your integrity.

I have tried for you.

HAVE YOU SEEN ANY OF THE TWO SERIES MENTIONED ABOVE

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN UNDERPRICED BY A CLIENT? SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES.

ARE YOU ACTUALLY NICE OR YOU JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE WORTH?

HOW HAVE YOU UTILIZED THIS STRIKE TO YOUR FAVOUR?

DO YOU HAVE YOUR PVC, DEAR?

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25 Comments

  1. Edwin Udofia January 29, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Creatives go through a lot.
    But for me instead of lowering my value, I\’ll rather not do the job.
    Let them get a cheaper person to do it. I\’m busy.

    I haven\’t seen any of the series mentioned.

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    1. osas January 29, 2019 at 9:55 am

      Exactly!!! Now go and watch the series

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  2. Bolatito January 29, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Creatives actually go through a lot. People find it hard to pay them what they deserve. The most painful experience I had is with one of our acclaimed record label. We agreed on a fee and they said they can only pay 60% upfront. After completing the job, 40% balance turned to story till date..

    Btw, I haven\’t seen any of the series mentioned.

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    1. osas January 29, 2019 at 9:54 am

      Lmao I won’t even take it easy on them. A whole 40%?

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  3. Debb January 29, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Ah mhen, this got me. I beat down my price for some unseen fears. Maybe I really don\’t know my worth. I\’ve heard of people that I don\’t think do as good and don\’t compromise their price.
    My resolution now, No matter how broke.. my standard remains the same now. Those that have experienced me will tell you what you missed by turning your back.
    Thanks babes, yes you tried for me.

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    1. osas January 29, 2019 at 9:54 am

      When you’re broke, cook rice at home and eat and tell your empty account that God is coming for it.
      Sit back and watch

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  4. Anjorin Molayo January 29, 2019 at 7:52 am

    This write up is it. I have seen some of my friends cut down their price just to feed themselves. They need to see this.
    This ASUU strike has really favoured me, I utilized my time to starting a blog. You can visit at https://themowrites.wordpress.com. I haven\’t seen any of the series mentioned, but will check it out.

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    1. osas January 29, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Have I subscribed yet? Congratulations once again

      Reply
  5. Ghost January 29, 2019 at 7:53 am

    This table you just shook, it was needed. Thanks babes. Yes you\’ve tried for us. Going to watch Dynasty now, tenks dear.

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    1. osas January 29, 2019 at 9:51 am

      Watch sex education too

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  6. Stylesenami January 29, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Finished dynasty a long time ago. Sex education freaked me out but I’ll go back to it. We’ve had this discussion of underpricing before so I really don’t have anything to say anymore. Just know your WORTH. Once you value yourself, no one will be able to undermine you . Great blog post

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    1. osas January 29, 2019 at 9:50 am

      Go and watch it jare, fear fear.

      Thanks boo

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  7. osas January 29, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Go and watch the series

    Reply
  8. Goodieluck January 29, 2019 at 10:06 am

    This is a nice write up as usual and definitely learnt something. Please check out my blog please lucktheteen.blogspot.com and tell your friends too please I post every Fridays here\’s mine too

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  9. osas January 29, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Thank you so much

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  10. Osagie January 29, 2019 at 11:24 am

    LOL! I love this post, especially the fact of not selling yourself short even if \”akkant ti lazzdent\”

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    1. osas January 30, 2019 at 12:16 am

      Ah yes o

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  11. osas January 30, 2019 at 12:17 am

    You better

    Reply
  12. Ochethecr8or February 4, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Like I always tell my fellow designers charge\” them well so they don\’t stress you on your last price\” I\’ll cop the series from my friend tomorrow

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  13. Sarah August 8, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Osas. It’s like deja vu having someone write up what you feel. This post is brilliant. Thank you for the inspiration.

    P.S: I’ve only seen Dynasty

    PPS: I have a blog; https://cupofray.com

    I hope to see you there

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  14. Ade iWriter September 13, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    I’ve caught my sub and I’m going to get rid of it ASAP! THANK YOUUUUUIU

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  15. Fiki September 18, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Changing times, the next gen will be an era filled with creative solutions it’s gonna take some time for ppl to accept and adjust to this,but if the creatives aren’t even sure of themselves how can we achieve such an era?

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  16. Eve November 5, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Profoundly written osas.
    Everyone actually need to place that value on themselves by themselves always.

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  17. Praise December 3, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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