There’s a difference, you know:
Between throwing your content at an disinterested group and telling your friends about a new series they can’t miss.
Between spamming everyone you know and passionately proclaiming good news you can’t keep inside.
Between vehemently telling people to become patrons and just simply sharing something you’ve created.
But some never understand this. Some people think that if you have anything to sell, ever, then you’re instantly a fake, a charlatan, a sell out. And these people will never be satisfied. They will always criticize and find reasons to tell you what you’re doing is wrong.
And you should ignore them.
Don’t be afraid
Someone recently asked me:
“Do anime content creators have trouble getting paid for their work?”
Indeed, the majority do. In fact, I believe this applies to anyone with remarkable skills or creative passion they take for granted. Many gifted people don’t understand the value of their gifts. They minimize them, dismiss them, and sabotage their work.
Because, they reason, why should I get paid for something I enjoy? It’s easy. Fun. Effortless. But not for everyone. Just for you. Which only makes what you do even more valuable.
Here’s a challenge: Stop apologizing for your content, and embrace the fact you have something valuable to share. Something that’s — dare I say it? — worth money.
Charge for your best work
Not that long ago, a friend of mine fixed my phone. The screen was badly cracked and its paint was chipping. I didn’t have high expectations for what could be done with it.
When I saw my friend’s finished work, I didn’t even recognize the phone. It was amazing. I just kept saying “thank you.”
After I asked him what I owed him, he said, “I hate charging friends…” But then he told me the price and I gladly paid it.
Why do we do this? Why do we hate charging people for our best work? I think it’s time we stop apologizing and start valuing the contributions we can make.
How to not sell out
This isn’t license to sell out and turn every word you write or spin every video you make into a Patreon tier. No. That’s not the point at all. The point is this:
Now, you can be your own patron.
In an age when content creators don’t have to be at the bottom of the food chain, dependent on the generosity of others, the only thing holding creative people in the community back from success is themselves.
Don’t mistake me here. If you don’t want to make money off your work, don’t do it. Nobody’s forcing you to do it. But don’t use lack of resources as an excuse to not create, because you no longer have that excuse.
People value your work. The question is, do you?
If you struggle with this, you’re not alone. I’ve been there before, too, which is why I’m so passionate about getting people to value their creative work. In fact, you should start valuing your work right now.