Reblogging this because it is SO very important! As a still new author–new as in I don’t have a huge fanbase, or “bestseller” tacked to my name–I am often faced with the conflict of being offered jobs for exposure. I get it as a photographer, too. It leaves me in a terrible place because my heart says “you deserve pay!” but my brain says “you should do it to get more fans who WILL pay!” This should NOT be a thing. It should not be acceptable to use and abuse artists in any field. Quid-pro-quo, barter system, and anything else where what is gotten is what is given are great! I myself offer prints/photos for portfolios to the costumers/makeup artists who help me with shoots because I can’t yet pay them. If a company that literally cannot afford me offers me exposure instead, and I like them, sure I might help. But if you’re in the position to pay: BLOODY PAY. Revolva gets all my respect for standing up to Oprah’s cruddy management.
It’s funny, at various junctures I’ve felt propelled to tackle certain topics, even when that made me very unpopular. My biggest leviathan to date has been this notion of artists being expected to work for free, and I believe the reason that this topic is weighing so heavily on me is that, for the first time in years I’m no longer enthusiastic about our future.
In fact, I’m downright frightened, because of THIS.
I Feel Sick
Yesterday morning on my Facebook, a friend shared this open letter to Oprah Winfrey from a local performer in the Bay Area, Revolva, whose act caught the attention of mega-icon Oprah Winfrey.
Oprah was holding The Life You Want conference and the producers contacted Revolva to see if she…
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