We know the Internet can be a pretty harsh place. And it is sadly quite common for the creative folks to not be taken seriously as professionals online. Off the top of my head, I can enumerate common scenarios in the Interwebs where creative people have been robbed off of fair compensation or at the very least, credit. And I can tell you right now, I’ve personally experienced at least two of these:
Book bloggers being offered free books in exchange for a book marketing campaign (i.e, organizing blog tours and giveaways)
The “All-Mighty Free Exposure” mentality (rolling my eyes)
Uncredited use of a photographer’s work
Companies justifying free stuff as just compensation for a promotional post.
Bloggers’ posts being blatantly copied word for word.
Big brands utilizing contests to cherry-pick their favored artworks when they could just hire people like any other jobs.
Honestly, these all suck.
Just experiencing one of these sucks.
Creatives are found in almost every nook and cranny of every existing industry. You find creatives in the Interwebs, in markets, and in every conceivable department in a corporate office. Yes, even in infamous “boring jobs” like accounting.
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Most of all, everyone – and I mean everyone – knows (or at the very least has an inkling) of the importance of creativity. Creativity results visually appealing works and amazing designs. Creativity kickstarts awesome ideas. Think of Tesla’s alternating current. Think of Joy Mangano and her Miracle Mop. Think of the Empress Hsi Ling Shi who saw a bunch of worm cocoons and thought, “Ooh! We can make a cloth out of this!”
Creativity could definitely turn the world upside down.
Creativity is responsible for the first step. That spark of an idea that will gradually rise into incredible fireworks. That tiny seedling that will later become an enormous, beautiful tree. The starting point of success.
It all begins with a creative mind or four.
Which is why we should all appreciate a creative’s work. That said, you don’t have to bank out a million dollars to support your creative friend or loved one! Even the smallest acts of kindness can go a long way. Here are a few ways you can support your creative friends with little to no cost.
How to Support Your Fave Creatives with a Few Bucks
Become their Patron
From artists to bloggers, from booktubers to podcasters, there are plenty of creative folks over on Patreon! Patreon is a website where you can support a group or individual through monthly pledges and basically become their Patrons. There are people who have their pledges start at one dollar and go up from there. And in return, you can get Patron-exclusive goodies and behind-the-scenes. Isn’t that fun! 🙂
Support their Kickstarter campaign
Lots of creatives have Kickstarter campaigns to publish a book or launch a video game. It’s kinda like Patreon except your funding for a creative’s one huge project rather than their monthly income. And since the projects are huge, the goodies you get are huge too.
Buy their products
Almost all creatives sell the product of their awesome creativity. And you can find it ANYWHERE. There are those who sell handmade watercolors and other crafts on Etsy, stickers and prints on RedBubble and Society6, and music on iTunes or Google music. Some even have their own shops for their digital products such as eBooks and workbooks. Which goes to say that you have lots of opportunities to buy your fave creatives’ stuff. Isn’t that great!
Buy them coffee
I know not everyone can afford a fifty-dollar Kickstarter campaign pledge. But there are less expensive ways to support your creative friends! Ko-fi is an online platform where you can, well, buy someone coffee. Technically, you donate three dollars to them to show your appreciation for their work. The best thing about this is that Ko-fi does not take a single cent from your money and it goes straight to your Paypal!
How to Support Your Fave Creatives with Zero Cost
Of course, if you are not able to afford financially supporting your creative friends, you can still show your support through other ways that won’t cost you any money.
<3 Credit them for their work
<3 Share or retweet their posts
<3 Tell your friends and family about them
<3 Give them a shoutout
<3 Link back to their posts
<3 Leave a review on their podcasts or books
<3 Leave a comment on their Instagram post or video on YouTube
<3 Stream their music on Spotify or Bandcamp
<3 Recommend them to people you know
<3 Use their affiliate links
<3 Tell them how much you love their work. (Trust me. This boosts self-confidence 100%)
What other ways do you think you can show your support to your creative friends? Share them in the comments below!
Photos from Ivory Mix and Gabrielle Cole