You are not a machine.
I live on the outskirts of a town that seems to think artists and writers are such.
Replaceable, disposable. I guess it could be said for many occupations. But I feel closer to the way artists and writers are treated because I see it first hand. But also because what many artists and writers bring to the party, is not just another worker making a widget ( and please, I have all due respect for those.) But many times the creativity is the life blood of what these companies are selling. How can you put a value on it? They will tell you what value they put on it, because they think you are a dime a dozen.
But you are not. And they know it. They just don’t want you to know it.
I feel that creativity is not an unlimited resource, much like many resources that are being mined. It can be burned out.
Be aware of what you are selling. How much you are selling. Keep some for yourself. Be greedy when it comes time to negotiate your work. Know your worth. Don’t undersell yourself.
Yes, a lot of creative businesses are having a tough go right now. But what I see is content decisions that don’t take risks . That’s what I feel is hurting the industry. Not the thousands of incredibly talented people that make up the work force.
But you are an artist no matter who you work for. Whether it’s a big brand name that sounds good at a party, someone who sells work on Etsy or ebay. You have your own voice. And it’s relevant.
Don’t let someone else tell you your worth. You are a creative force. You have a contribution to give. You are not a machine.