Last Sunday, February 3, Lea Salonga, a singer and actress who is best known for her Tony Award winning role in Miss Saigon, showed support for Hans Alcanzare, who recently posted about an “influencer” who wanted to pay for his services with a mere shout out.
On her tweet she said, “Dear artist, your work and skills are worth at least triple the price you quoted. You’re really talented!”
Dear artist, your work and skills are worth at least triple the price you quoted. You’re truly talented! https://t.co/Yuxhja1IBZ
— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) February 3, 2019
Hans thanked the Broadway star on his Facebook account and re-posted Lea’s tweet.
The issue arose when Hans posted on his Facebook account a screenshot of a message exchange with an influencer.
The influencer wanted Hans to sketch her like what he did on the portrait of Miss Universe Catriona Gray. As a reply, he said that a portrait with a canvas size of 30X40 will cost 15,000 as payout for his service.
The influencer was disappointed with the the price that Hans quoted in the message, “Is it dear? Influencer ako, shoutout sana kita! That’s easy!”
After exchanging messages, the influencer block him so the artist decided to share his experience on social media.
Hans’s post, “Hi Ma’am, thank you for blocking me so I now have the opportunity to post this. My work might be just a piece of shape, curve, and shade for you. But for me, I consider it as my greatest workmanship and be able to call it my own ‘masterpiece.’ I respect you as an influencer and I have nothing against it ‘coz I know that’s what you do for a living. But, I know you are getting paid for the product placements and endorsements as an influencer so please, do not expect me to do something for free. I hope you understand that I invest so much on my art materials, time, energy and effort. Getting a shout out does not even pay bills or fill an empty stomach. Please do not look down on us (artists) and on our arts. Thank you!”
Hi Ma’am thank you for blocking me so I have now the opportunity to post this. My work might be just a piece of shape,…
As remembered, netizens have also reacted negatively on Jameson Blake, a Hastag member, who called on a “willing” graphic artist to create a banner photo for his social media account, with the username “Lucid Express” through a Twitter post, in exchange for a shout-out.
According to his post, he would choose the best design and in return he will post a “shout out” or a personal message on his social media accounts. This fired up netizens, saying he should pay the graphic artist instead and not with a mere shout out.
In defense to the negative reactions, the ‘Pinoy Big Brother’ alumnus said, “I’m not asking that much. Just a basic graphic art for a profile. No one need to do it, only if you’re willing to help me out I’d really appreciate it.”
In his next tweet, Jameson said, “I’m not asking for a mind blowing graphic art. Something basic, and anyone willing to do me a favor without payment. No pressure, I’d appreciate it a lot!”
Even though Jameson’s tweet have been deleted, the issues continued to spread by criticizing his post.
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Telling the story one last time tonight. I am filled with so many feelings that I’m unable to sort out right now, save for one that overwhelms the rest: GRATEFUL. Grateful for the opportunity, grateful for the time spent with this amazing family, grateful for everyone that came to visit. Let’s do this, family, full out and strong!!!
To underestimate an individual is never a good thing to consider. Lea Salonga’s message of showing appreciation of the talent and skill of fellow artists and seeing the worth of their work is truly commendable.