I’ve been struggling with this a lot right now. When I was fresh out of college I took an unpaid internship at a pop culture site/zine. It parlayed into consistent paid work with them. Then I got “a real job” and sort of ruined my relationship with them. Now I’m crawling back into things as a 27-year-old and I’m happier than ever. Even though payment is low and infrequent, I get to be do what I want.