The vibrant world of fashion in the Philippines is a realm where photographers, makeup artists, stylists, and models often collaborate. One common practice within this space is the X-deal, an agreement between two parties to exchange services without monetary involvement. But is it beneficial or detrimental?
As someone who has spent years in the modeling industry and now working on the brand side, I’ve seen both the benefits and drawbacks of X-deals. Here’s a fresh perspective based on my personal journey.
The Pros and Cons of X-Deals
From an amateur’s perspective, X-deals can be a stepping stone. They provide a platform to build portfolios, hone skills, and establish valuable industry contacts. For instance, a model might agree to an X-deal photoshoot for a designer in exchange for exposure and content for their portfolio.
However, X-deals can also harbor pitfalls. The most glaring concern arises when an intermediary profits financially from an arrangement agreed upon as an X-deal. It’s disheartening to know that some parties exploit these deals, pocketing what should be the talent’s fee.
Experiences from Both Sides of the Coin
Looking back, I recall times when our models were often approached for potential photoshoots or runway stints with no budget. We accepted these offers, letting our models and talents grace the work of prestigious designers or stars in a brand’s campaign.
Fast forward to the present, my exposure to the brand side has brought new perspectives. Understanding brand budgets and seeing instances where there is a significant allocation, it’s frustrating to know that some intermediaries might be siphoning off the talent fees.
Changes Over Time and the Power of Saying No
Reflecting on my blog post “The Truth About X-deals” written a decade ago, it’s clear that the landscape has evolved. While X-deals still exist, a new generation of influencers and talents understand their worth and aren’t afraid to say no.
GenZ influencers, in particular, have mastered the art of self-evaluation. They know how to rate their services based on their following. However, some still opt for X-deals to expand their networks, which can be a valid strategy. But there should be guidelines to ensure fairness and transparency.
Striking a Balance
The key to a successful X-deal is clear communication, transparency, and mutual respect. It’s crucial to set expectations, discuss the scope of work, and ensure that everyone understands and agrees to the terms.
In conclusion, X-deals can serve as a powerful tool for growth and collaboration if handled ethically and professionally. As we navigate the creative industries in the Philippines, let’s be mindful of our practices and strive to foster a culture of fairness and respect.
As a #DigitalMarketingExpert, I encourage you to weigh the pros and cons of X-deals in your journey. Share your experiences or thoughts in the comments below, and let’s learn from each other in this exciting industry.
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Check out my previous post about Xdeals: The Truth About Xdeals