Artists Are Tired Of Being Asked To Work For Free

Sure I can show you how I design. I drew for years as a child. Worked as a designer the moment I turned 18, while also studying Fine Art (and classical piano).

I learned to love studying computer programs and reading books on design and productivity. Slowly putting that knowledge to use every day. Spent the last 17 years learning techniques from many amazing colleagues.

It’s like any other skill. One step at a time. Building slowly over the years. When you’re doing something every day, you’ll start seeing the patterns and shortcuts.

That said when others (even clients) are excited to tackle a design project I encourage them to do so. If they can stick with it and do it themselves, good for them! Many times they’ll be back with a new found appreciation

“@forexposure_txt is a Twitter account dedicated to compiling quotes from artists who were expected to work for free”

Read more: Tired Of Being Asked To Work For Free, This Artist Started Drawing These Client Requests (

Hit Makers make content popular, not viral sharing

Turns out that viral sharing is over rated. Tracking memes and “viral content”, analytics show that they stay within small circles until famous hit makers and influences get involved. Distribution is more similar to traditional broadcast media than you think. And most people find out about content through the big broadcasters promoting.

“Facebook initially went ‘viral,’ not by building a product that every person might share with five other people, like a disease, but by using networks that existed. They digitized the Harvard network that existed, and the Ivy League networks that already existed.”

Read more: Here’s the secret to making things popular (hint: It’s not ‘going viral’)

The Net Neutrality Problem

Net Neutrality means that your Internet provider treats content equally. “Open Internet”: We’re connected regardless of what network you’re using.

The internet is like a highway where no priority is set based on data type, source, or content.

Soon, Verizon and Comcast may have a say they on love your favorite (or least favorite) content provider[’s money]. Not encouraging for small business, independent contractors, telecommuters, and startups.

The FCC’s Open Internet Order – adopted in February 2015 – prevented this from happening. At the time our newly appointed FCC chairman Ajit Pat wrote a 67-page paper objecting to those limits placed on service providers.

In most markets, there’s little competition for broadband. Many providers are also content companies who will soon be enabled to directly prioritize their own content.

Be prepared to live with whatever form internet access takes in the United States going forward.

“In the space of two years, Verizon’s acquired AOL and Yahoo. Both companies deliver content that could compete with websites, media companies, and cable networks that remain unaffiliated with broadband companies.” Lance Ulanoff

Read more on Mashable: 6 ways things go wrong if Net Neutrality dies

Humor: Just ignore your feelings and give in to fear

When it comes to having a crush it better to have loved and lost?

“Some people say that if you never ask, you’ll never know. I say that if you never ask, you’ll never know the pain of rejection.”

Send your questions to

Today’s letter is one that I’m sure everyone can relate to, except me, because I always get what I want easily.

Read the advice colum: Just ignore your feelings and give in to fear – I’m Not Wrong

On Being A Citizen

“Actually, democracy isn’t an entertainment product.” Steve Almond

From the episode: ’How do you balance being informed citizens without being angry and upset all the time?’

For myself, I’ve noticed that I can be stressed or energized by pretty much anything. 

A starter draft of my citizen manifesto: 

Focus on being organized. Take action with a sense of purpose. Get specific about what tools I’m using (i.e. social media) and why. Develop and invest in supportive honest and considerate relationships.

The Sugars return for Part 2 of “Dear Sugar Radio: The Writers Resist” at The Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon. They discuss how to counteract post-election cynicism with Zahir Janmohamed, writer and co-host of the podcast “Racist Sandwich,” and they answer questions from the audience in rapid-fire fashion.

Listen to the full episode: Dear Sugar Radio Live: The Writers Resist, Part 2

“Journalism and news, it’s really the first draft of history” Author James Altucher

“Journalism and news, it’s really the first draft of history. It’s the rough draft of history, and it’s going to change many times over the course of the years.” James Altucher

On a recent Recode Media podcast, James Altucher cautioned that society presents choices that are against your interest. About 48 percent of jobs held by late school graduates work in jobs that don’t need an advanced education, according to a 2013 survey of 4,900 graduates from 2009 and 2012.

Read the full story: Author James Altucher wants you to stop reading the news and ditch college – Recode