To all of you art students and first-year illustration professionals out there - stick up for your right to be paid a FAIR fee for your work. Let’s keep prices high enough in our profession to actually be able to make a good living and not depend on other sources of income. Publications, left and…
"We are only as entitled to the public’s stories in so far as the public allows us to be. We have a tremendous privilege and an even greater responsibility. At the least, we should seek to minimize harm to those we use — and yes, we do use them — to tell stories and ultimately earn livelihoods for ourselves."
When people tell me they admire my freelance career, when they tell me it must be nice to sleep in, when they then break eye contact when I tell them how much I am paid, when I am sending a fourth follow-up email to an editor regarding that check, you know, that one you said was in the mail a month ago, this is what I think about:
Glass evangelists point to a Time piece from last spring, decrying fears of these new face-phones as unfounded. The author pointed to late-19th century paranoia that Kodak cameras would chip away at our personal space in public.
But Kodak cameras did play a part in that chipping, as did the next 120 years of advances in camera technology. Those gadgets melted into our lives. There are now whole websites devoted to making cruel fun of embarrassing photos of people taken in public likely without their permission or knowledge. At best, we take this behavior for granted; at worst, we laugh along with it.
Still, I perhaps naively thought that I could avoid the influence of Glass in my own life.