Daily Haiku Diary
Sterling Arthur Leva: Writer, Poet, Artist, Composer, Nightmarist. www.letterstodionysus.com
Stop being such a spineless pushover. When show promoters, venues, galleries, etc. want you to perform or “showcase” your talent for free, tell them to take a fucking walk. If they are charging a cover and money is changing hands and yours aren’t involved, you are being exploited. Make no bones about it: they are not your fucking friend, they do not care about your development as an artist, and they are not doing you any favors. They are merely profiting off of your labor without doing a god damn thing in return.
Do you know what you’re doing when you agree to exchange work (and let’s be clear, art is work) for free? You’re telling them that what you do isn’t important, that it’s not to be taken seriously and that you are not worthy of recouping expenses or profiting off of your endeavors. Do you know what else you’re doing? You’re buying the lie that your art is something you do for yourself only, just a frivolous hobby that will never be a real occupation. Not to mention that you’re fucking it up for the rest of us.
So cut this shit out. Stop perpetuating the idea that it’s ok to make artists into beggars, into invalids, into fucking children that are only looking for a pat on the head and a thank you. You’re better than that. Art is serious fucking business, so start acting like it.