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Because you love my art and want to acknowledge my creative actions...
 
Because you know that Arts & Music are essential to a healthy community and you want to participate in supporting an artist like me...
 
Because you are aware that money is an exchange of energy...
 
Because you know that abundance comes in many ways and you enjoy sharing yours with dedicated people.
 
Because you dreamed of being a musician but thought it would be  to difficult to make a living in that field... but want to support me in my dreams...
 
Because you want to hear more of my original music...
 
Because you are an artist at heart or art lover and want to keep art as a living culture not a fading tradition...
 
Because you want to offert me more opportunities to create freely in my life...
 
Because you like the fact that everyone is different and has something unique to share with the world and if they do, you like to be part of it...
 
Because you know how financial stress can suppresses creativity...
 
Because it feels good to help and encourage someone when we can...
 
Or just because you have no specific reason but feel drawn and inspired to do this at this moment!
 
Thank you, merci, tiawenhk, gracias, ubrigada!!!
Your help is well appreciated!
Wishing you the best on your own personal journey...
 
Shendaehwas Nathalie Picard
 
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Musicians and creative artists need to eat and pay bills too...

I think it is time for me to post this. I am a professional musician of more that 30 years of experience in my field and I still don't understand why people seem to think that because my job seems fun to do and that it entertains people that I should not get paid for the work I do!!!
In not to many fields of professional work where people would consider calling someone they haven't met before but only heard about the quality of their work, to work for them FOR FREE!!!! And, oh yeah, not even mentioning that maybe there are on a low budget and asking you a favor or something like that, but just plain, 'will you come to play on this date and I don't need to pay you anyway because it will be fun and your just a dreamer if you really think you can earn a living by PLAYING music or sharing your culture and talent with the world and never considered a real job like mine".
I am very sick and TIRED of this!!! Musicians and talented artist have generally devoted hours and hours and hours (and are still doing it) of hard work to do something that not the majority of people could do...

Well I don't consider myself a rotten tomatoe ( I've received grants from Canadian and Quebec Arts Council in my life for example) neither that I consider myself the best flute player that exist in this world; and it seems that people find my work pretty original, and through my art, I am also contributing in preventing ancestral traditions to vanish from this mother earth SO I am wondering if maybe I'm missing something here because I still don't understand and it happens again and again and again... and again, and I am at the end of my outstanding patience!
In my field of work I need tremendous social skills, salesman skills, discipline, to speak (read and write) at least two languages, travel agent skills, planning skills, have no health insurance or unemployment benefits, need to spend a fortune for my working tools, cannot really cancel an work engagement without putting a bad note on my name so I often went to work sick with fever, migraines, jet lag side effects, in dusty or smoky places, in all kinds of schedule hours, working for all kinds of people ( nice and not), spend hours in training classes, need basic knowledges of the law not to be screwed like all my peers who signed for their first album, need tremendous self-confidence and had to overcome my shyness to talk in public, have to always be inventive and more creative, have to wear the producer, booker, studio recording engineer, session player, only girl-musician band member hats; live out of my credit card until a new contract would come, learn how to write grant proposals, learn how to promote my art, adapt to all kind of situations like a big fight in the middle of our show in a club, or the plywood stage who would make the entire band bounced to the point of the foot of my sterling silver flute falling on the ground and the bass player double bass hitting the low ceiling, to people insulting me because I didn't look indian enough according to their personal standards pointing me that I could not speak my tribal language (that was at the time when we had not started our ancestral language revitalisation in which I was a part-time teacher-student after 100 years of our ancestral language dormancy), having to do all kinds of jobs to be able to keep playing the music that lifted my spirit and not some boring pop elevator music to please some cheap restaurant owners in order to pay my rent, go back home in city bus alone in the middle of the night because taking a cab would take out 15% of my pay, having to point out to supposedly honorable music venues and institutions that they had not upgraded the salary and working conditions of their musicians since 7-10 years and lose my regular children show concert job the next year when all the working conditions had been improved because of me, maneuver playing music in front a of a 25 people group to a 200 000 people outdoor crowd to an IMAX movie recording session to a private dinner concert for the Prince of Wale in the same month, etc, etc, etc...
Yes I guess that if I can write this, I can still laugh about it, can I? Well maybe I am starting to lose my sense of humour... or rethinking pursuing a music career in a country I immigrated 5 years ago...
So maybe next time YOU see a talented musician playing somewhere you didn't have to pay to enjoy his music, you might want to check if he is getting a decent pay or if he is just being given the OPPORTUNITY to be on stage, in order to get more EXPOSURE and be able sell you his CD!
yes, I was forgetting this one: "you know, if you play here we cannot pay you but it will give you good exposure"; after more than 30 years of experience, I will pass on your GENEROUS offer thank you!!!

Well as for me, I will always find a way to be creative and enjoy my life and will never give up on being RESPECTED as an artist, a musician, a woman, a Native American Indian, a composer, a song writer, a language teacher, a Huron-wendat of this century and a human being. Tho ïohtih!!!
Shendaehwas Nathalie Picard

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