“This is a stickup! Give us all your inspiration!”

“Good artists copy; great artists steal,” goes the maxim of Pablo Picasso. Many would see an irony in these words, given the cubist master’s reputation for generating a wholly unique style. But Picasso might find more common ground with Austin Kleon, a writer and artist who argues (in “How to Steal Like an Artist (And […]

How Should We Regard Creativity?

I have been involved in the arts since I was five years old, starting with dance. I did several different forms; ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical/contemporary, and later learned the piano and guitar. I am a declared studio art major and intend on pursuing something in the arts post-grad in hopes of doing something I […]

IATSE: Doing Good in Local Communities

As a film and media major, I have enjoyed working on the production process of various short films throughout my time as a college student. That is not to say it is not time consuming and often stress inducing when things don’t go as planned. Over time, I have gotten to understand this process and what those […]

We deserve it.

Rights and money have crossed paths in various forms of history, whether it being undeserved, deprived, or in the Writers Guild of America (WGA) during 2007-2008 case, credit. A guild is an association of artisans or merchants who oversee the practice of their work in a particular area. “Guilds have historically been seen by actors, […]

Why are Writers Exploited for Their Work and Who is Supposed to Help?

For a long time, there have been creative people who make, write, or build art for the masses to enjoy, and also those who would seek to exploit them to profit off of that art. Over time these mediums have evolved and new ones have been created. In the modern age, it has become easier […]

The Secret Success of Nathan Rabin

When discussion of writing regarding Patreon began in class, my mind flared with excitement, because I knew exactly who I wanted to write about: Nathan Rabin, a film and pop culture writer I had admired for years, who just recently launched his own Patreon page some months previous. Rabin was the first head writer of […]

The One Where They Go On Strike: Friends, Netflix and the Value of Reruns

The lack of respect shown to television writers by the entertainment industry remains, to me, unfathomable. With networks struggling to attract new, dedicated audiences, one would think that the value of a good writer would be of the utmost importance. While directors and producers bring the words on the page to life and imbue typed […]