3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Lowball Artists for Their Services
Maan de Vera
Honestly, we’re just tired of the people who want to pay an unfairly low amount in exchange for creative services. And don’t get us started on those who think that getting “exposure” and “credits” are considered as acceptable barter for a creator’s work. Now, as much as we don’t want to spell out the obvious, this has got to stop and we should all do our part in making sure that every artist is getting the payment that they deserve.
Here are the reasons why you shouldn’t lowball artists for their services:
1. Being an artist means spending a significant amount of time honing your skills.
If you think doing their work is easy, it’s because artists have exerted effort and dedication to refine their respective crafts. Remember that you’re not only paying for the actual finished product that they can give you. Ultimately, your money goes to their expertise and technique which didn’t happen overnight.
2. Being an artist means investing money in their materials and equipment.
These things don’t just appear out of thin air. In fact, most of the tools that are necessary for an artist to do their craft don’t come cheap, and whatever they have right now are products of careful purchasing through the years. If you really take a look at this, it’s only natural that this will also affect the amount that they charge.
3. Being an artist is a real career.
Surprise, surprise! Not everyone who works in the arts is privileged. It’s not a phase or hobby that people do only for fun. More often than not, artists consider what they do as their real job. While they enjoy it, it’s also their hustle. And the fees that they charge is what they use to sustain a living.
Whichever side you're on, know that you play an important part in this. If you’re a customer, be responsible and just. Respect the rates that are provided to you and don’t negotiate unreasonable deals just because you think anyone can do what an artist does.
On the other hand, if you’re an artist, always remember your worth. Don’t let anyone make you believe that your outputs aren’t worth it. Passion and creativity are important, but it won’t pay the bills. Learn how to say no especially when you know that you’re getting the short end of the stick.