These Artists Reveal Their Most Horrifying Work Experience Yet

Anne Marielle Eugenio
PUBLISHED October 25, 2018 09:45 am
Art by Dani Elevazo

Being an artist sure looks easy enough from the outside. Little do people know it is not a walk in the park to be “creative” at all. Aside from the art-block and looking for gigs, they are often underpaid or sometimes, not paid at all. They have to deal with clients and people, with requests ranging from funny to "seriously?". Here are a few artists from different fields who shared “horror stories” about their work.


“May ipinagawa sa ‘king video worth 2K daw. Hanggang ngayon, hindi pa rin bayad. Tapos [meron pa] ‘yung limang video na ipinapagawa [sa akin] within three days.”


                                                                                                                    -John*, 25, Video Content Editor


“May kumukuha rin sa akin dati picture-an ko raw binyag ng anak niya. Iyong 2K na sinabi kong photos na raw and edited na ibibigay ko tinawaran pa. 1K na lang daw. Ang mahalaga daw is iyong ma-capture special moments ng anak niya. Mahalaga rin skills ko sana sila-sila na lang nagpicture-picture.”


                                                                                                                   -Julia*, 22, Writer/Photographer


“‘Yung boss ko dati, ‘di niya talaga alam gagawin niya. Minsan sasabihin niya okay gawa ko tapos susunod, sasabihin niya, di niya gusto kasi may nakita siya somewhere na mas maganda. Pero kapag sinabi ng kuya niya na okay naman gawa ko, babawiin niya ulit sa susunod. [Sasabihin niya,] ‘Ah oo nga. Nagustuhan ko talaga yung gawa mo nito eh.’”


                                                                                                                            -Danica*, 27, Graphic Artist


Wala na siguro tatalo dun sa time na somebody from the audience suddenly just requested I make out with her after my set. I think may tama na siya nun from the alcohol. Natawa ako and I said no.”


                                                                                                                                           -Gab, 25, Musician


I used to work for a media outlet which mainly covers tech stuff. Everything was well at first but eventually things went nuts. I received less than P3,000 as a monthly salary when I didn’t miss work even just for a single day. We also found out that all our government-mandated benefits like SSS, PhilHealth, and PAGIBIG were unaccounted for several months.


                                                                                                                                            -Andi*, 23, Writer


Some of their experiences may be funny, but artists should really be treated seriously like anyone would with other professions.




*Names have been changed for confidentiality.

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