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The dilemma of no longer being able to make a living as an writer are the same exact conditions actors have always work under.
Yet, I've never heard of actors striking and I'm curious as to why that is. I believe there's something deeper at work here.
And here's why:
It’s not in the studio’s interest to pay u what ur worth because there’s no profit in that. They don't care about Equity. They care about making as much money as possible for as little as possible.
My point is none of this should be surprising using old tools on a new car will get you a car that won't run. This is the trajectory of our economy everywhere: the 1% make more money by figuring out how to pay you less and less.
So unless ur equipping urself like a corporation with a valuable product (a story or project with a solid following over which you hold complete creative & financial control), u r placing urself at the mercy of a studio’s bottom line.
told stories by any means necessary,
produced/shot them, held onto creative
control & all rights to their work until a
studio came to them & made them offers worthy of them.
If your creativity is so valuable, then start acting like it, instead of pretending we live in a meritocracy that values storytelling & art.
Ur first order of business is to figure out what ur purpose is
& why u need permission to be an actor/writer/storyteller?
Validation of ur talent/worth?
Or do u have a burning desire
to tell ur story as an intricate
part of ur life’s purpose?
If it’s the latter,
u won’t spend ur time
begging for crumbs,
learning how to create
structures that honor the
story of why u are here
---April Yvette Thompson
& TheDreamUnLocked CEO
April Yvette Thompson