Wow, some people in this business are very, very shady! Last fall, I discovered an editor job posting on Facebook for a high-end cooking web site called Panna Cooking, based out of Brooklyn and featuring “easy-to-follow video recipes from Master Chefs.” After replying to the ad, an Asian woman replied to me and wanted applicants to make a “sample” clip, using an existing video from the site. After spending a few minutes editing, I sent off a Quicktime of my work to the woman.
Later, a man from the site, who claimed to be calling from an airport, phoned me for a follow-up interview. Though it sounded like a legit prospect, and there was full-time pay, I never heard back from the guy after we discussed job specifics.
And yet, here is my “sample” being used as a way to entice subscribers to the site. I was not paid, I signed no contract, no waiver, nothing, and this Panna Cooking site used my work as their own, with no permission granted to them to use it. As was correctly commented on the ad, this was just a scam to get free work done.
So beware of them, and beware of ads or replies asking you to provide free work to prove your abilities!