Shake Your Moneymaker for Audre Lorde
For me that means shake my creativity up until it overflows! That IS my moneymaker. My ability to think beyond what I see. Then there is the flip side of that creative coin...It always amuses me when I tell someone my prices and they start to negotiate. The price I gave was not a suggestion! Either you can afford me or you can't. Who goes into a major store and negotiates for a better price? You pay the price and keep it moving. So why are artists & creatives expected to accept willingly less than what they feel their value is worth?
"So why do individuals think they can pay me less than what I request AND be ok with it?"
I am valuable and so are my creations...
Only I can determine my value. Audre Lorde said so: "If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive" and TRUST me when I say I define and redefine as I see fit. That includes me asking for payment to match my expression.
I have taken time, money to grow my gifts. I have made sacrifices and concessions to stand in my talents. I have stretched my physical and mental capacity to put my creativity out in the world in a powerful way. I will not yield to anyone seeing me as less.
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