In a recent Twitter topic trend #ThingsPeopleSayToArtists, I found many of the comments sadly true. A few of my favourites include:
What amazes me the most is that it’s a universal belief that one can get creative services for free. It doesn’t matter what part of the world you live in. People think that what artists do is easy, stress-free, and that our work isn’t worth payment. Yet no one thinks twice about paying for non-creative services – regardless if it is easy to do.
The thing is - the successful artists that I know are smart, innovative, dedicated, hard-working people. We love being artists because of the rewards and satisfaction that comes with being creative. But like any other professional, we don’t like being taken advantage of - especially by family and friends. Plus, as articles like 13 Reasons you shouldn’t work for free (even if Oprah calls) and For money or passion? … point out – working for free is just bad business.
So make an artist happy. Help them become successful business people. Pay for the drawings, paintings, illustrations, photos, cartoons, writing, and services you crave and receive. We’ll do our best to keep your world filled with aesthetically pleasing “objects d’art”.