Artists deserve to be paid

 

This cartoon is making the social media rounds at present and is so true for belly dance too. Often you hear people saying things like, ‘if you get paid then you are not a true artist’ or “if you want money then you don’t have a real love for what you are doing”. This is an extremely elitist argument and essentially it means only people that have alternate sources of income (i.e. are wealthy or have patrons) can pursue creative arts , unless, you are willing to be literally, a starving artist.
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I am sure everyone that has ever danced publicly has heard the “you’ll get great exposure” (if you perform for free) line. It is is even more frustrating when you politely decline and they get angry at you! I am not sure if event organisers realise just how many ‘great exposure’ opportunities are offered to belly dancers. If I did them all, I would be broke, exhausted and my children in the constant care of others because it actually costs me both time and money to perform for free. I hope with cartoons like this one being circulated that the future will hold greater respect among all professions.

What are your thoughts on free performances? Please comment below.

Insiders view of belly dance!

Just a little bit of belly dance related humour for you.

Check out these dancers!

I know i have said many times that sizes, age, colour etc do not matter to your dancing ability and we are all beautiful however I do think these dancers are a little bit too slim – LOL 😉

What do you think? How did the skeletons go? Feel free to comment below.

Don’t forget to check out the articles categories to the right to find more belly dance related stuff – including some silly stuff in the humour category and on the kids and fun page there are jokes and puzzles for your enjoyment.

A bit of ancient Egyptian inspired humour to brighten your day….

high five egyptian style

 

and one for all the romantics…

 

ancient egyptian love

 

Posts have been a little delayed lately due to flooding in my area cutting internet connections and due to hurting my back and not being able to sit at my computer (I didn’t hurt it belly dancing) . All are on the mend now so stay tuned for some more in depth articles… Please feel free to post me any Egyptian or belly dance related cartoons you come across, either comment below or email to jadebellydance@hotmail.com

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