This piece is an introduction, a question, and a coagulation of big feelings that have sat with me for a loooong time.
Please watch before reading on:
I have/had many jobs. I think I’ll always have many “jobs” at once according to various interests, abilities, and context.
Creating is a job I take very seriously - despite rarely getting paid for it. However, the process of becoming a paid artist in the music platform/social media era has always felt a bit unnatural to me.
I shared some thoughts with my friends/collaborators in the songcamp community that I think are relevant here:
“Is this my job” is me stepping forward to communicate feelings that have been in me and (I think) a lot of us as we begin to accept a reality where finding work that aligns with our personal strengths/passions may be the most logical, most valuable, and best compensated action one could take (both for ourselves and our communities). Use it if it helps.
Various parts of “Is this my Job” will be available to collect/compensate over the coming months.
First up is the “I NEED A JOB” music video.
I started creating I NEED A JOB in 2015 and finished it in September 2021.
It’s tried on a lot of different outfits from then to now but I think it’s finally found colors that suit it. I’m happy to feel this idea captured in a tangible way.
I am making it available as an auction with a reserve price of 8.8 ETH*.*
This is essentially a crowdfund to reach a “price” rather than a “goal.”
I’ve started a PartyBid so that anyone can contribute whatever they want if they want. If the PartyBid wins, everyone who contributed will own a piece of the NFT. I hope that’s what happens. I want those who support me directly to own a piece of what they supported directly.
If you feel something while consuming art - the art already belongs to you.
You don’t need to contribute financially in order to make what I made yours. Knowing it made anyone feel is the greatest validation I could receive. So regardless of how/if you choose to compensate what I’ve made - I appreciate you spending the time to take it in.
Hit me on twitter if you wanna chat: