What is it with people not respecting visual artists? A few months ago, we learned about the talented artist who mercilessly trolls people that request free portraiture. His responses resonated with anyone who's ever had their creative work unappreciated or uncompensated. It's a frustrating reality for artists of all kinds: people don't necessarily recognize that making something is labor, whether that thing is a song, a drawing, a choreographed dance to the Brady Bunch theme, etc. You don't roll over and pop that art-baby out in your sleep. You carefully gestate it, then work to deliver it to a world that often doesn't understand or care. Ah, la vie boheme.
In today's edition of Choosing Beggars, a college student really Tried It with an old acquaintance that didn't tolerate her sh*t. Even though they '[hadn't] spoken in years', the student asked for a portrait and was shocked to learn that a commission costs $50. Then things escalated.