Inside My Mind: Sell Your Soul or Treasure it- Never Underestimate or Let Anyone Undermine your Work

Posted: January 20, 2016 in Uncategorized
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Peripeteia : The turning point/moment of realization.

Gotta love it when you have finally hit the turning point where you can rescue your damsel-in-distress ass, but sometimes it hits ya like a damn freight train.

My dear friend, Martin Atkins (You rock!),  has taught me a few things about the music & art industry:

  1. Welcome to the Music Industry- you’re fucked!
  2. Get the fuck out of bed!   –and–
  3. Sometimes you have to give a little freebie to reel in people to start buying your works and expanding your fan-base.

Truer words have never been spoken. Martin is like the punk-rock Buddha. (Follow him on twitter at @marteeeen – You won’t regret it and you’ll learn a lot from his magical-ness!) 

I look up to the advice because let’s face it…it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there and you don’t wanna come out as the wiener dog versus that huge rottweiler- YOU BE THE ROTTWEILER! The giving away freebies to reel in your fishies definitely works in your favour until you come across the gannets who just want to take,take,take and no give. 

Sometimes these said takers aren’t even in your fanbase. They just want your business to make a profit for them and to hell with you!

This I find totally assholic.

Want me to do a doodle for your tattoo or collab with you? Sure. It will provide exposure. Keep wanting free stuff with no giving back just so you can gain and make a profit? Sorry, hun. I don’t roll that way.

I find it truly hilarious when other entrepreneurs who clam helping other artists and not giving away things for free, when they ask others to do their deeds for them for nothing. Right on, ACDC: Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap.

Just like with anything, the artists/entrepreneurs providing the services put a lot of time, skill, rehearsing, and money into what they do. Lot of money and time spent to hone their skills. So to take it for granted repeatedly and not pay a lick of a cent while you rake in the dough, is beyond awful. Hate to see karma when she comes a-knockin’ at your door!

Makeup Artists (MUAs) see this a lot, too. Even though I’m not a MUA, I do take pride and put a lot of effort into buying good products for my skin/makeup. Most of the times it means you’re paying a bit more for your makeup. My eyeliner costs $20, Foundation $40, Mascara $20, and my eyeshadow palettes were like $55 each, just for an example. Have you even seen the cost for brushes or fake eyelashes? Some eyelashes (kudos to those who know the sale websites for these!) run from 7.99-11.99 in stores for those without access to the sales sites. Brushes, not including the whole set, can run from 40-100$! Now let’s see….asking the MUA to provide their service and use their tools for free? Trust me, even if you tell them, ‘Hey, I only have 20$, is that ok?’ they still appreciate it because you are at least helping replace some of the equipment used as well as the dedication they’ve put into their craft.

Now let’s turn the tables.

For those who are constantly taking and not giving, let’s see ….

Imagine someone saying, ‘Hey! Can I have ________ that you’ve spent soooo much time and money on for free?! Good exposure!’ and they keep coming back for it…Imagine how you would feel…

Sucks, doesn’t it?

Us musicians are constantly getting kicked in the balls over free stuff.

As I said, I will throw out the free download, or pay-what-you-can, or contests so that way there’s giving and getting, which is good and will lead to more profits. But you will get people asking for waaaay much more than what you can give.

Asking a musician to write / compose something for you and not giving a lick of credit/acknowledgement or pay is actually breaking one of the local SOCAN policies and YES…you can get charged. In general, being a fucking weasel like that is just being an awful human being. 

Also doing photography I have seen this ‘Can you shoot ______ (insert event here)___ for free for like 7-9 hours? it’ll give you good exposure!’ Maybe if you’re nice and at least give them some amount they might tack on some surprises, but holy shit the time spent…the expensive cameras and lenses, not forgetting the software and materials to print your work takes a lot! 

All what I’m saying is….take some consideration into what you ask of people. Some won’t mind a small project where you both will come out successful, but if it’s all one sided gain-wise….that’s not cool.

Give a little respect and get a little respect. Let’s all co-exist with each others’ awesomeness and let’s support each other!

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