No, Meaningless Facebook Friend, I Will Not Give You My Professional Service For Free

I’m going to start a bit rough here; stop asking your random friends, acquaintances and people you haven’t seen since high school for free unsolicited professional advice. You sound uncultured and unaware of what it takes to build a career from scratch in today’s unforgiving job market. Especially this year, when everything seems to be falling apart, it’s really not the time to assume anyone (especially artists) will help you out “because they would be doing it anyway” or “they do it for the passion, not the money.”  

Do you know who would draw your tattoo up? A TATTOO ARTIST. Guess who would give you a mechanic quote; A MECHANIC. I wonder who could help teach your kid piano?… probably A PIANO TEACHER. 

Do you somehow think that these people go to work every day only to come home to be delighted to freely help you with what could be a long and tedious scenario? No, they don’t. If you think they are, then you probably haven’t worked much in your life or you have never known true professional passion. You’re not special for thinking you can command a specific service unprofessionally, so please don’t kid yourself into thinking people love to hear your drawn out stupidities on social media.This doesn’t only touch the fact that people should be paid for what their day jobs consist of, but more so the degrading issue this has on an entire profession itself. How the fuck do you think it feels to fight for years upon years to be taken seriously, ESPECIALLY AS AN ARTIST, and have some idiot ask you if you could “just help them out with this really quickly?”

It makes us feel like garbage. Angry garbage. We’re not societally important enough for people to immediately think of us as professionals. Somehow the twenty years of study and grueling preparation isn’t enough for people to see us as valuable workers. 

There is literally no one that can do a professional job, like a professional with years of experience. Stop belittling peoples’ careers because you don’t understand their work’s value, and are too uneducated to seek it in the right circumstances. There is obvious leeway for friends and family, but that’s because they’re friends and family. They pretty much earn it. Facebook friends and internet strangers don’t count you soul-sucking, freebie whore!

Written by Talia Plante
*Edited by Dominic Abate

About Talia Plante 58 Articles
A classically trained pianist from the Laval suburbs, Talia sees no other clear path in life other than her passion for music. An experienced music teacher and social bird, she seizes any opportunity to be with others. Being an avid psychonaut and lover of emotional connection, she can often be found at parties of any variety, likely rubbing her face on cats she’s allergic to, or somehow slipping into conversation that black metal and baroque music are really just close cousins. Her lifetime favourites include Black Sabbath and Liszt, and anything even remotely psychedelic, doom, or stoner-like. Her current dreams are to become the modern day Mary Poppins (umbrella and children’s laughter included), buy a van to drive across any drive-able land, and spread sunshine wherever she goes. If spotted in the wild, the best way to make her smile is to ask her anything…or offer some cheese.

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