Protect your art career/ stephen silver (by Stephen Silver)
Such a valid point! The amount of stuff I’ve done for free has done nothing for me in return. It hasn’t given me exposure, it hasn’t given me paid work, it hasn’t given me satisfaction, or thanks, or gratitude.
It’s only recently I’ve really started to see the repercussions.
I can’t afford the materials I’d like, paper I need, sometimes I have to stop work I want to do, and do work I don’t want to do, not to mention I am already accumulating student debt.
[I pay roughly £160 a week for my classes.
My mac broke last year and I had to pay £1500 for a new one.
I also bought a set of copic markers for £180.
not to mention my car broke and I had to buy a new one.
I also have a regular phone bill like everyone else, and netflix]
If I add all of that up my life roughly costs me £28 a day.
In a normal job working an 8 hour day that would be the same as £3.50 an hour, not even minimum wage.
I laugh at the thought of an apprenticeship where they pay you £2.30 an hour and expect you to work 40 hour weeks.
But hell, I’m doing worse!
I guess this also applies in my life as a musician, the amount of things you do for charity, or unpaid because its exposure for your band. It’s ridiculous.
The bar rakes it, I doubt giving any profit to the “charity” they are holding the event for. They expect 4 musicians to cart all their gear there, play for 40 minutes - an hour. No petrol money, no food, no drink. Each gig must cost me roughly £25-£30.
Once you play once for free, you are always expected to play for free.
I can’t buy drum sticks, petrol, drum parts on free.
Us artists need to protect our trade. We crave exposure and end up devaluing what we have.