Sophomore Engineering Student (via shitrichcollegekidssay)
Poor people stay poor because other artists have allowed the industry to degrade to a level that people drastically undervalue art. In graphic arts, an independent artist typically makes below minimum wage. So many people take advantage of starting out and struggling artists, that they offer “exposure” as compensation. Or a hideously low rate. I have had people offer to pay me just $5/page for color work. And they saw nothing wrong with this offer. This is for something that I typically spend 4-6 hours per page on. And there are artists out there so desperate for ANY money, they will accept those offers. And thus perpetuate the idea that this is okay.
No, poor people aren’t poor because they take art degrees. They’re poor because there are entitled assholes who take advantage of them so they can turn a bigger profit.
Art is everywhere. Try to imagine a world without it. Without graphics. Without font design. Without logos. Everything done in the same, bland typefaces, with no images and no sense of color. Artists are more than people who sit and make pretty pictures. They are what gives companies an image, an identity. So why are they treated like the lowest possible rank?
Yeah but guys. like. Poor people can’t even afford to do arts degrees–or degrees at all. So you’re kind of missing the point. Poor people stay poor because society has rendered it near impossible to move from one class to another–it’s so bad that there is more incentive to stay poor than to attempt to better one’s life… because “bettering” one’s life doesn’t really get most anyone very far–not that most people can even think about “life betterment.”
agreed. i’d like to say that i’m a writer, but i have so little time to write because i have to work full time plus freelance with some incredibly tedious content just to pay the bills… forget making any progress on paying back those student loans or even thinking about getting an mfa. i’m literally trapped in life due to lack of financial resources. it’s infuriating.