merisunshine36: white rose floating candle (0)
merisunshine36 ([personal profile] merisunshine36) wrote in [personal profile] thedeadparrot 2017-05-28 01:51 am (UTC)

This is such a timely post! I recently reconnected with a high school friend who is living the Bay Area gig economy lifestyle. She gave me a link to her website where she's working on being a storyteller among other creative pursuits. I messaged her on facebook saying that I listened to one of the stories and enjoyed it. One day later, I got a mailing list email from her asking for donations to her patreon.

Something about the whole thing just rubbed me the wrong way, and I can't put my finger on it. I feel myself slipping into the "she should just apply to an artist grant/get a real job and then do art in her spare time" mindset and I know that's totally wrong! I also know a request for support is not a requirement. I think what gets me about it is less the request for funds and more how the request is communicated. I feel that you should put up front that you are looking for support, instead of offering the content presumably for free and then doing the "SURPRISE! FUND ME!" thing at the end.

Another set of thoughts that tumbles around in my head is the question of...I don't know how to word this, but whether art needs to have monetary value. That is, should I give money to my friend because I support my friend the person, or should I give her money because I support the art as product? Especially in 2017 when there is so much more creative product out there, and so much more that is accessible (and honestly, so much more crap). I think this is further complicated by the fact that while we have access to much more content, we have fewer real connections with the creators. I think I would be much more likely to financially support a member of one of my LJ fandoms than someone whose fic I now read on AO3 but have no other interaction with.

I also have too many thoughts!

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