Sophomore Engineering Student (via shitrichcollegekidssay)
Poor people stay poor because other artists have allowed the industry to degrade to a level that people drastically undervalue art. In graphic arts, an independent artist typically makes below minimum wage. So many people take advantage of starting out and struggling artists, that they offer “exposure” as compensation. Or a hideously low rate. I have had people offer to pay me just $5/page for color work. And they saw nothing wrong with this offer. This is for something that I typically spend 4-6 hours per page on. And there are artists out there so desperate for ANY money, they will accept those offers. And thus perpetuate the idea that this is okay.
No, poor people aren’t poor because they take art degrees. They’re poor because there are entitled assholes who take advantage of them so they can turn a bigger profit.
Art is everywhere. Try to imagine a world without it. Without graphics. Without font design. Without logos. Everything done in the same, bland typefaces, with no images and no sense of color. Artists are more than people who sit and make pretty pictures. They are what gives companies an image, an identity. So why are they treated like the lowest possible rank?
That right there is the reason I refuse to take discounts from friends when I commission work. It’s unfortunately also why I never pursued a career as a musician.
The arts has never been the problem, but our culture systematically devalues art. It isn’t desperate artists that are the problem. It’s people who feel entitled to art without compensation.
Our culture does not view artistry as a job, as a career, as a profession. That has to change.
All of this and more. Fuck an unpaid internship.(via enicoleh)