Who Says Money Doesn't Matter?
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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