Starving artists

There's an old phrase for people trying to make a living with their art, the "starving artist." It gets laughed off, but there's truth behind every joke. Basically, if you don't make it big as an artist/actor/writer/musician, you will probably not make a lot of money from the work you produce.

To make things even more difficult for the likes of us, there are a lot of people out there who don't have artistic talent but are skilled at swindling artists. Between the ChiZine controversy and the WGA/ATA court battle, there's a troubling theme of people not paying writers properly for their work. Sometimes not at all. Author Ed Kurtz didn't receive royalty payments for years, until he made a complaint about it.

But it looks like the WGA fight against packaging fees may be tilting in the artist's favor as more and more agencies are signing their Code of Conduct.

Although I probably won't ever be a member of the Writer's Guild, I think what they're doing is great. If anything, the writers should be taking home the highest percentage of any profit, simply because there wouldn't even be a product to sell if the writer didn't create the story. Starving the artists only makes us hungrier, to produce more and fight for our rights to be paid for our work.
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Published on November 19, 2019 09:53
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