Lee, I did not mean to say that one should not make a living writing and
seling articles to magazines. Or that songwriting for celebrities is bad. I
apologize fo rskipping that. I myself have apprenticed with various famous
artists and have learned much and made halfway OK money at it. Certainly
journalism(espeically if you are getting published! ; ), doing web sites and
writing software programs is also creative!
I did not mean to disregard your attempts to be creative.
When I work for another artist, lending my talent to their concept, I
certainly don't consider that making MY art, but then I don't always need to
be expressing my own voice. But let's not pretend it's the same.
I think that's fine if it is a steppign stone towards the goal of making your
own way as an artist, and it's a nice supplementary income, same as mugs and
posters supllement the sales of albums, movies, whatever. But it's not the
same as making a name for yourself and charging what you are worth.
Why did Metallica display such arrogance as to call all these people on the
piracy issue? Probably becasue they over value themselves. Which is a hell of
a lot better than undervaluing themselves.
I see two very contradictory points in your threads, Lee.
One is that artists need to stand up for themselves and know their worth and
wuit being doormats.
The other is they shouldn't have copyright laws and legal protection,
subsidies, unionpay scales, etc.
...just "make it happen" somehow.
"The capacity to tolerate complexity and welcome contradiction, not the need
for simplicity and certainty, is the attribute of an explorer" Heinz R.
Pagels, Perfect Symmetry
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