Translation of "Let me break down exactly how we’ve screwed over creative people."

Jon Westenberg, “Let me break down exactly how we’ve screwed over creative people.”, public translation into English from English More about this translation.

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And let me tell you, people spend a lot less on writing than they do on music. How does a writer live, on the money we’re talking right now?

To bring this thread back home, we’re basically abolishing the full time musician/writer/filmmaker. We’re abolishing the full time creative. That’s what’s happening.

We’re giving money to tech platforms to become “Unicorns” off the backs of creatives, and driving creatives out of business.

If you grew up dreaming of being an artist, a writer, a musician, honing your craft, putting in your “10,000” hours, you may not even have the necessary skills to get a full time job to support your creative work. So what happens then?

I don’t have any answers right now. But I will say this. I write because I’m passionate about it, and I love it. It’s not going away. I could have a readership of zero and I’d still be here. However, I also don’t see it as a full time gig. It’s something I do for the sake of doing it, because I want to do it. And that’s what creative work is becoming.

The thing is, it’s hard to do great creative work at the end of the day when you’re tired and worn down by trying to make a living in a day job, in a business that you’ve founded to bring in income etc.

And then when you do get to create something, and you put it out for the world to see, if it’s free you’ll get a bunch of people who hate it, and if it’s not you’ll be called money hungry.

We’ve screwed creative people over. We started doing that years ago, and I’m worried that it’s now too late to change it.

So the next time someone tells me about their disruptive music startup or publishing startup or filmmaking platform, you’ll forgive me if I look like I’m going to punch their teeth down their throat.

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