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  1. Mary C. Nasser
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 18:13:53

    Another great post on your blog!! 🙂


  2. Marian Griffin
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 18:18:31

    Love it!

    I’m a teacher and even in my profession we get taken advantage of… It’s terrible!


  3. Katrina
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 18:30:17

    Very well said…..I come at this as a mother of a beginner photographer….it amazes me the people who seem to want her to do things for free just because she is learning about her art (mind you this only began after she won a few competitions and a good bit of money that gave her some media attention) she is lucky though as she is under the wing of a professional photographer that is very big on making sure that you need to have respect for yourself and respect for your work and there will always be people who will try and rip you off….use your work without permission….and think it’s okay to not pay you or take months and months to pay you because you’re an “artist” and you’re doing it for the love of it, not because you need to put food on the table


  4. Elise
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 18:48:39

    Nicely and professionally said!

    As a side note, if an artist works for free, I would recommend it for two scenarios:

    1) submit a piece of artwork to a charity for their silent auction at their annual fundraising event

    2) it builds your portfolio in a way that you desire


    • bornstoryteller
      Oct 04, 2011 @ 18:54:56

      Hi Elise:
      I’ve donated performances for charity in the past, and I’ve done pro bono storytelling/performances for kids with cancer. It’s for the heart, then.

      I did a storytelling festival a few weeks ago, no pay. Didn’t know that at the time when I was accepted. But, I did get other things out of it.


  5. Roy Durham
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 20:10:57

    we may start by leaning a trade when become skilled we are said to be a craftsman, then master craftsman when it all comes together we are called a artist when we learned we were paid little more then as a craftsman we are paid. why then is an artist not paid. thank you and god bless maybe he will pay


  6. Sparks In Shadow
    Oct 05, 2011 @ 00:59:17

    It’s always difficult for me when someone in the public eye (generally someone with steady work or a healthy bank account from previous work) starts in again about how we should each do what we love, as if the very act of that can make one happy. It’s hard to feel that way in a society that rarely pays a living wage for the kinds of vocations that make one happy. Being hungry or afraid of losing shelter, makes happiness harder to find in when working in the arts.

    It’s nice to read this. It feels balanced and realistic, and I hope lots of people read it.


  7. Virginia
    Oct 05, 2011 @ 08:02:56

    The term “starving artist” doesn’t have to be literal!

    Perhaps you could also put together a list of tips for artists about how to avoid such problems cropping up? Just a thought I had. 🙂


  8. Anonymous
    Oct 05, 2011 @ 09:47:27


    Well stated!!! I can relate to every point you made.




  9. Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
    Oct 05, 2011 @ 16:20:12

    Fabulous post!!


  10. zencherry
    Oct 05, 2011 @ 20:31:21

    Amen, hallelujah, and someone pass the plate. This needed said. Thank you! 😀


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