I am happy to has take up this initiative. The hashtag #savetheartist# is a good way to trigger a change. There are many artists who are trying hard to make ends meet, my friends and myself included. We do not come from a privileged background, or other sources of money we can rely on.
Being an artist is our choice, because we love our chosen fields of art. We want to make it our profession, not because we don't have another option. It's because we want to.
And it's not an easy job. It takes practice to perfect an art. It requires time, effort, energy and even your sanity to come close to the level of perfection you seek.
So it's time we are respected for our choice. It's time we got a fair share for our sincerity and hard work. It's time we got more than just *exposure*.