It was Mamie Till, Emett Till’s mother years ago who made this profound statement:”Two months ago I had a nice apartment in Chicago. I had a good job. I had a son. When something happened to the Negroes in the South I said, ‘That’s their business, not mine.’ Now I know how wrong I was. The murder of my son has shown me that what happens to any of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of us all!!!”
That third point there? That’s important. Your contract needs to state everything a paying gig would, including the price it would cost. When a client sees what the artist is worth, it helps them to further value the product (you).
“The point is don’t be mindless about your charitable performances. Make smart decisions that continue to establish your worth as an artist.” – Jade Simmons
To look at “I love to eat” from the other side, are artists presenting themselves as a business, so that they are treated as such?
Are we branded well? Have a professional presentation both online & in person? Is the product we’re offering clear? In other words, are we valuing ourselves enough to invest in ourselves on the presentation side of things? Yes, we paid for the lessons, paid for the schooling, the summer programs, the groups/ensembles…but now that that’s over, are we WORKING for our work? Or, are we just expecting work to be given to us because of all the hours of work & sweat that were put in? What’s that word again? Entitlement? lol
What does your presentation say about you when people google you? What does your presentation say about you when people see you, meet you & have a conversation with you? How is your delivery?
Just some questions worth answering before WE – the artists – continue to rant about how we feel undervalued.