The Secret To Getting Paid As An Artist


According to Amanda Palmer, it's not about asking it's about letting people help you

How many of you have ever felt yucky asking for money for your services? If you’re an artist, a coach or anyone in the helping arena, you may have that feeling that your services or your art isn’t worth as much as something more reasonable, tangible, useful or beneficial to a person’s life. Maybe you’ve felt like you have so much more than the people you want to help, or that art and helping people is something everyone should do for free, or at least for an affordable amount, whatever that means. We can all see the need for a doctor, a car mechanic, a lawyer. Those are “real jobs” with a real degree and training to prove it, and we pay real big bucks for those services!

The Art of Asking

Amanda Palmer, “The Eight-Foot Bride” gives a talk that had me touched, moved and inspired. In The Art of Asking, she explains how she was belittled for not having a “real job.” Standing on a box while people walked by and dropped dollars in her hat, she was jeered by drivers in their cars. “Get a real job!”

In my opinion, Amanda is the one who has the real job. The job of connecting with others and bringing a ray of human contact to those whose faces expressed sadness and loneliness…perhaps. By gazing into the eyes of passers-by, Amanda acknowledged them, reached out to them and let them know that in her eyes, they existed, perfectly and beautifully. She didn’t have to ask for money. People willingly exchanged with her. Whether or not they left anything wasn’t the question. It’s all about the exchange of human kindness, which reminds me of the Randy Newman song, “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today.”

Broken windows and empty hallways
A pale dead moon in the sky streaked with gray
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think it's going to rain today

Scarecrows dressed in the latest styles
With frozen smiles to chase love away
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think it's going to rain today

Lonely, lonely
Tin can at my feet
Think I'll kick it down the street
That's the way to treat a friend

Bright before me the signs implore me
To help the needy and show them the way
Human kindness is overflowing
And I think it's going to rain today

And when you ask people to help you, when they are touched, moved and inspired by your passion, your desires and your dreams to make a difference in the world with your projects and your life, then believe me, human kindness and generosity shows up in an abundance that you have never imagined.

Simply letting others help you is already making a difference in the world! How are you letting others into your beautiful life?

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