The aftermath of the Danish election for parliament is slowly setting in, the first effects of chock are over for the left wing supporters and people start talking. It is obviously appalling that what I consider to be a down-right racist party is now the second biggest in Denmark. For some reason it is (by some) considered to be somewhat offensive to call DF a racist party but when you make life-interfering politics on the basis of someone’s heritage: yes, I think you’re being racist. No matter how much you also love old people and puppies
That aside, another party also had a great 2015-election. Liberal Alliance had great success too and frankly, I’ve always been extra scared of those guys. Why? Because they are terrifyingly straight-forward in their opinions but I suppose that kind of talk gives them a lot of street credit… with the rich folks that are already making money or aspire to do so soon. Yes, that’s how I picture them to be: rich as f***.
I’m one of the poor kids on the block. A self-tought artist on social welfare, I know they must just hate my guts. I don’t really feel ashamed about my position though, right now I’m working as an intern on welfare. It’s 30h/week in a production company. On a welfare contract, that adds up to just about 85 kr./h. I don’t complain – the place is great and I learn a lot. In my free time I do amateur promo-videos for clients for free (I already have a long list of volunteer jobs – they make my résumé look super nice, but It never made me rich – it’s all cool – I just don’t ever want to be told that I’m lazy). And then there are my actual art projects, that require all my concentration but of course they are no direct way to an income. In fact, it’s costs way more than I make out of it.
And so the situation is like this: In my business (creative work, the arts) money does not flow the same way it does in many private sectors. I’m really good at making ends meet and living on a shoestring, but I’m still not making money. In my head, money comes from a job (only in my business you often work for little or for free), it comes from freelancing, it comes from the occasional selling a piece of art or from applying for funds and grants (which are sadly almost impossible for me to get since I don’t hold a degree in art and am therefore not considered ‘an artist’). In stead of continuously being angry at a system, that pays some people more for their work than others, maybe we could start working together instead? So here is a question:
How do you make all that dough? What does it take for you LA-supporters? How does your mind bend, why doesn’t mine bend in the same ways?
I would seriously love to know!
I have no money to invest from, I also don’t know how to invest. I think I’ll be poor for the rest of my life and even though it’s ok because I sort of chose that sacrifice, I would also love to go out with my friends and not bringing my own beer in my pocket or drinking sips of other people’s drinks in the bar when they’re not looking. I want to be payed instead of making cultural stuff for fun so other people can enjoy it. It really is hard work and it looks like there are not many pay checks in the industry.
You might say: get another job. I can’t, this is what I do, someone has to do it. The right wing, especially LA, V and C, says that you need to work to earn money, that you should be proud of working, that you should work hard and it will pay off and that nothing comes for free. I am already working hard and feeling proud… but I’m still not making any money. Can you help me? How do YOU do it?
It’s not a joke, I’m really asking a serious question here. I want to make money, just like you guys do. How? How would you do it if you were in my business?