Brandee Younger @ The Bunker Studio, 6/24/13

Very, very sad. It took 2 months for me to learn that a twitter buddy & awesome photographer Donald Agarrat, passed away back in September. One day he tweeted me asking to shoot my recording session, came & shot the session and made friends with everybody there! Musicians and engineers alike 🙂 Then, he came to the Harlem Arts Fest & shot us there…just because he wanted to and was a serious fan of the music. He brought a lot of light to some stressful moments and made everyone smile! ♥ ♥ Like, the nicest person, ever!

We’ve mainly kept in touch on twitter, and after not receiving a tweet from him in a while, I looked at his page to learn that he suddenly died, so young. He took these wonderful shots of us at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, which appears to be the last set of photos added to his flikr. Sending love. You will be missed, Donald!

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i love to eat

Don’t you?  You go to work every day hopefully, in order to be fulfilled spiritually and satisfied financially.  This way, you can have a place to live, eat the food you like and enjoy your time off, right?

I’ve been an artist just about my entire adult life and still can’t understand why there are so many people around that believe we are doing what we love, just because we love it and because it is fun.  If a full time artist every tells you that, they’re lying.

Just like a teacher goes to work everyday to teach our youth, or the way a cop spends the day fighting crime, I bet you these jobs are fulfilling for many of them, but I’m not sure that many cops & teachers go to work and agree to not be paid for a couple of their work days.  Do you?

So why are people constantly asking musicians to play for free or as the people say, ‘for exposure’? Why are so many writers asked to contribute to publications for resume building? Photographers, dancers, stylists, publicists…the list goes on.   Maybe that’s cool at 18, 19, 20…as a student or just starting out, but where & when is the line drawn?  When will ARTISTS VALUE THEMSELVES so that the PEOPLE VALUE THE ARTISTS?

After college, artists have bills just like the next 9-5er.  They want to have a place to live,  support a family, have good food to eat and enjoy their time off, too.   General public: don’t gawk when you’re quoted a price for a service.  Consider all the time, sweat & money that went into being able to provide it.

More to come.