Totally! So’s your favourite artist whose song you walked down the aisle to at your wedding. So’s the ceramicist who made your favourite mug that you start every day with. So’s the designer who made that pair of jeans you’ll wear to death because they fit just-so-right. So’s the writer whose book you’ve had to buy four times because you keep loaning it out, forcing everyone you love to read it. So’s the podcast host whose words you listen to every time you take your cool girl walk. So’s the barista across the road who’s trained for years to give you that necessary, smooth flat white just when you need it the most.
Some of the most beautiful parts of our lives are defined, created and offered by artists of all shapes and sizes. If every single one of them believed they were a sell-out for deserving fair and appropriate compensation for their time, skills, energy, training, experimentation, emotional labour, physical labour, mental labour, sunk costs, missed income, personal investments, risk-taking…. The list goes on, but it means that many of the experiences and things we love would just simply - poof! - no longer exist.
If you’ve been impacted by the work of someone in a creative field, if your life has been made better in tiny or momentous ways as a result of their offering, then you’ve got the mindset tool you need to implicitly understand that creative work is work. It has meaning. Value. Impact. And that’s a financial meaning, value, and impact.
Your work is financially valuable. By choosing to honour its value, you’re investing in yourself, your family, and every other maker who goes before you and comes after you, contributing to a cultural standard we should all desire to be on the right side of.