A false sense of entitlement

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5 October 2012

Consider this scenario: you’re a potter. You make all kinds of wares and sell them in a boutique. You used to be able to pay your rent because you are good at your craft and people would pay a reasonable price for it. Then one day you realize your profits are way down, and it turns out over half your stuff is being stolen because people think they’re entitled to it for free, just because they managed to get away with it. You no longer can pay your rent and eventually the theft becomes so rampant that you can’t even afford upgrades to your equipment to improve your craft. You even try cutting your prices to encourage people to buy things, but nope, they just continue to steal it instead.

Then some blogger tells you to stop complaining because “no one owes you a living.”

“There are more important issues than how we entertain ourselves today.” Tell it to someone who has to take on two part-time jobs or a full-time day job (or more) and no longer can afford the basic time to make his/her music or art because they’re too busy scrambling to cover losses on account of everyone else’s false sense of entitlement. Music (or any art) doesn’t happen instantly — it requires a fair amount of time and, of course, love. To imply that people are only making music because they want to make money is, in most instances, a stupid argument, because there’s probably more money in waiting tables for anyone who’s not a mainstream pop star.


Pretty sick of people complaining about how hard it is to make a living in the music industry.  Guess what, no one owes you a living.  Your craft shouldn’t be based on how much of a return you get.  Do it because you love it and shut up and be thankful for whatever you get.  There are more important issues than how we entertain ourselves today.  End rant.




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