by- Tom Kubrak
Here is the online definition of a “Sell Out”
“Selling out” is a common idiomatic pejorative expression for the compromising of a person’s integrity, morality, authenticity, or principles in exchange for personal gain, such as money.
People sell out everyday in their chosen creative pursuits. Life gets in the way and clouds the vision of the mind of these people. A thing called pressure begins to creep up on people. Whether that’s an angry family member, wife, friend or coworker that sees you’re creative pursuit as futile. Something of a dream maybe, when in reality, this is who you are and it’s what you want to do.
There’s many creative pursuits out there. Among a few are, musicians, painter, actors, models, writers, photographer, editor, sculptor, wood carvers, designers, and filmmakers.
In the beginning of these pursuits, typically, we are doing it out of sheer love for it. We often don’t think about the potential of making money at this craft until someone validates your work. The thought may or may not have crossed your mind until someone was willing to pay for the work you were doing.
As “Artists” we have many talents and are able to do many things. People will begin to approach you for your abilities. Many times “Artists” are not prepared for that.
Choose Your Number 1 and Commit
Some people like to say, “I’m an artist.” That’s great but what specifically do you do?
Some “Artists” don’t have a number one thing. It’s up to you but if you want to continually create the things that you want to create and not have someone else dictate what you create then you have to have a number one.
Commit to your number one and commit to not giving in to someone trying to abuse your talents.
Because one day someone is going to admire your work and present a check with an enormous number on it that you never thought of because you were doing it for the love of it. But the only catch is, they’re going to ask you to do something that may compromise what you believe and stand for.
When that happens, what will you do?
Step Away, Think, and Ask Yourself Some Questions
When that happens have a battle plan in place. That battle plan could be as simple as. When someone comes to me offering me money for some work they want to do? Step away from the conversation and think about what you have committed to in your Creative Pursuits.
- Is this project something I’m genuinely interested in?
- If not, if I accept the offer am I just doing it for the money?
- Yes I have bills to pay, but am I willing to sacrifice who I am for money?
- If I’m interested in the project, will I give it my all?
- If I don’t get paid for this project am I okay with it?
It’s truly easier said then done, but when you have the first 2 strategies locked in and you take your time, you will be able to say no to those situations.
Yes, you may risk missing rent and getting kicked out, or going hungry for a few days but what would you rather do…
Sell Out or Be You?
It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be a long fight.
“Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Don’t sell out.” -Christopher Reeve
By- Tom Kubrak
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