I admit, there once was a time when I illegally downloaded – mainly music and movies. Statistics say that illegal downloaders are mostly the ones who also buy most of the stuff. They spend more money on concerts and cinema and tend to purchase the original of what they downloaded illegally before. I definitely did not.
Maybe illegal downloading is good. Maybe in 200 years we will look back to early 2000 and say „What a revolutionary time that was when artists started to work for free. Everybody else wanted to be as cool as the artists so they started to work for free as well and now everybody is sharing everything.“ That does sound lovely to me because I am a big fan of sharing.
I worked for food and accommodation for more than two years and I liked it. I considered to write the book, hand it out for free, get even more attention by media and more people to read my story. Why not write the book while receiving food and accommodation like I did before?
I tell you why. There are more people behind that book than just me. People who don’t claim to be artists. If you read a touching book, listen to amazing music or watch a fantastic movie it is very unlikely that only the writer, the musician or the actor made it a great piece of entertainment. Those people who usually receive not the tiniest credit were abstract job definitions to me – that was before I started to write down my story. And then I met them: Marlen who made it possible that I could write without worries, Daniel whose confidence I could count on, Marieke and Alice who edited my words with great passion, Laura who fixed all those press dates, Antoinette who presented me as an experienced lecturer and got me all those „gigs“, Pia who caught the interest of international publishers to translate the book so that even more people can read my story and all the other people at Ullstein I haven’t even met yet.
If I had done the whole book thing by myself it would have been a huge pile of crap. So would have been most of the books, movies and songs you love so much if the artists were on their own.
I’ll be the first one to support free downloads as soon as everyone else on the planet agrees to share their work for free. Would you?