Welcome to episode 23! Our guest this week is Revolva, writer, comedian, and hoola hooper who recently took on Oprah Winfrey on her decision to book local talent at her recent “The Life You Want” tour without offering to pay those performers.
Before we get into “the meat of our displeasure,” we respond to two listener comments, one from Daniel Faigin on how DOPE our podcast is, and another from Wylie Herman on making a living as an artist by taking corporate gigs.
With Revolva, we get the story of why she wrote an Open Letter to Oprah, and what happened when the post went viral. We find out why Revolva didn’t take the gig, and the response that her post got. We get into how artists need to project success so that audiences will think you’re in demand which makes it difficult to talk about the real financial situations of working artists. We talk about exposure vs. pay, and wonder if exposure is ever really worth it, or more importantly, fair. And we dive head first into the debate on when it’s ok (if ever) to not pay artists given the society / culture / economy in this country.
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