Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 31st Jan 2011 15:32 UTC
Multimedia, AV Francis Ford Coppola is one of the most prestigious and critically acclaimed directors in cinematographic history. He directed, among others, the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now, and has won so many awards it's hard to keep track. In an interview with 99%, he touched on the subject of art and making money, and his musings are fascinating, and yet another indication that the times are changing in the content industry. "Who says artists have to make money?" Coppola wonders.
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by Hiev on Mon 31st Jan 2011 15:39 UTC
Hiev
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2005-09-27

Yeah, and who said artists have to eat?

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by NuxRo on Mon 31st Jan 2011 16:06 in reply to "..."
NuxRo Member since:
2010-09-25

Yeah, and who said artists have to eat?


I think artists can make a lot of money from concerts and other live shows; of course they have to eat.

What I do not understand is why people like Michael Jackson (to give a famous name) have to get zillions and zillions of moneys; same for actors. Why do they have to earn a shitload much more than a teacher, a surgeon, a researcher or a soldier?

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by Cymro on Mon 31st Jan 2011 16:30 in reply to "RE: ..."
Cymro Member since:
2005-07-07

If you're taking a role-call of people in life who make more money than they deserve, where do you think musicians come on that list?

They barely even make the list.

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by nt_jerkface on Mon 31st Jan 2011 16:56 in reply to "RE: ..."
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

You can't expect all artists to live on stage revenue.

It's only the top performers that can make that kind of money.

Some artists don't have a stage presence and rely entirely on digital sales but I can see that some here would take that away from them based on some self-declared right to digital content.

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by lucas_maximus on Mon 31st Jan 2011 17:40 in reply to "RE: ..."
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Take a self stacker in a super market ... any able body person can do their job. It is simple, thus the pay is low.

Myself I am a web developer ... not as many people can do this job so I get paid a lot better.

Not many people are bright enough or work hard enough to become a doctor so they get paid more than me.

And only a few people in the world can be Micheal Jackson, Jimmy Hendrix, Dio etc etc. So they get/got paid lots ... because they bring something that people like that no-one else can ...

That is why they get paid more, because they bring something of value that no-one else can.

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by Hae-Yu on Fri 4th Feb 2011 19:20 in reply to "RE: ..."
Hae-Yu Member since:
2006-01-12

Money is a point system. Given a limited number of points, how do people distribute them according to what they value? Since people VOLUNTARILY give money to actors and singers and sports figures and bitch and complain about the salaries of teachers and soldiers and other useful people, it shows exactly what they (and the society values).

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by Soulbender on Mon 31st Jan 2011 16:43 in reply to "..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Hey, I want to make money on my hobbies too. Why do i have to have a real job to support myself and my family?
Clearly everyone owes me something here.

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by lucas_maximus on Mon 31st Jan 2011 23:44 in reply to "RE: ..."
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

My hobby was programming a computer ... and now I get paid for it ... are you saying I shouldn't get paid for it because it was originally a hobby?

You talk utter nonsense.

You just don't like it that they are making money for something which you don't think is hard work.

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by phoenix on Mon 31st Jan 2011 17:29 in reply to "..."
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Nobody said they had to starve; but why should they have to eat 16oz porterhouse steaks with Dom Perignon for every meal, with 5lb lobsters for desert?

Everyone deserves to eat. But not everyone deserves to sit on their laurels doing nothing while raking in millions in royalties, spending money hand-over-fist, and suing anyone who makes a mix-tape (or CD) for the SO.

Get a grip.

What makes an actor, musician, etc different from the rest of us? Why should we have to wake up at 6am, bust out hump for 10 hours a day, and live in poverty when they do nothing for most of their days?

There's nothing wrong with working for a living. There's nothing wrong with making "art" for a living. There's something very wrong with the "entertainment industry" and copyright law.

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by lucas_maximus on Tue 1st Feb 2011 00:15 in reply to "RE: ..."
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

What makes an actor, musician, etc different from the rest of us? Why should we have to wake up at 6am, bust out hump for 10 hours a day, and live in poverty when they do nothing for most of their days?


They have provided something which is of commercial value. If I make a piece of software and half the western world think it good enough to buy enough copies so I become a billionaire ... I have obviously created something of considerable worth and I have been compensated for it.

That musician has done that, it called working smarter ... not harder. That is why businesses exist ... to make more from less.

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by Thomas Anderson on Sat 5th Feb 2011 19:50 in reply to "RE: ..."
Thomas Anderson Member since:
2007-09-13

If you think actors and musicians "do nothing most of their days," you obviously have never known a working actor or musician, and you obviously don't know what you're talking about.

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