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        Some of the professions whose practitioners are

        frequently pressured to work for free are found
        in  the  arts.  Try  asking  your  doctor,  lawyer,  or
        contractor  to  perform  their  services  for  the

        "exposure" -- or better yet, ask them to pay YOU,
        while  you  benefit  from  their  expertise.  Yet
        musicians,  artists,  writers,  poets,  authors,
        photographers,  models,  designers,  actors,

        dancers, etc., are  routinely expected  to donate
        their  talents  and  skills,  at  times  having  to
        expend their  own  resources  while  others  are

        making money.
                                                                                       Pictured: Trombone Shorty
                                                                                       Photo courtesy of Greg Hild

        To add insult to injury, artists are often exploited                           Photographed for ION Indie Magazine
        by predators that lurk in the shadows -- with their
        slick smiles and empty promises -- who feed off
        the artists’ souls, passions, and dreams. Many in

        the arts get discouraged and give up out of sheer
        frustration from not being able to make a living
        from their craft.

        Creativity is powerful. It endures and leaves

        a legacy. It is a catalyst for change, provokes
        thought, and can heal a broken spirit. Some

        of the greatest moments in history revolve
        around  music,  film,  books,  theater,  a
        painting, dance, or a photo.

        Encourage, inspire, support the arts!  The

        future will thank you for it!

            ION Indie Magazine


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