UPDATED: Actor and Dancer Jameson Blake Gets Schooled by the Internet After Asking for Free Art

He wanted to pay with a shoutout.

(SPOT.ph) Artists of all kinds—whether digital, visual, performing, or what have you—work hard to hone and master their craft. They enroll in classes and invest in materials and gadgets just so they can work on their projects. It's their passion but more often than not, also their source of income—which is why payment with "exposure" or a simple shoutout isn't a good practice. They have to make a living, too. That’s what actor, TV personality, and dancer Jameson Blake got schooled about last night, July 4, when he asked his Twitter followers if anyone could do him a favor. 



Blake is known for being part of the dance group Hashtags on noontime show It's Showtime. He has also appeared in movies like Haunted Forest, Mama's Girl, and 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten—which earned him the award for Best Supporting Actor at the 2016 Cinema One Originals Film Festival. He's also set to appear in the rom-com, Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wi-Fi.



In a since-deleted tweet, he says, "Any graphic designers here? Who's willing to make me a cover photo/banner for (ex. Youtube, twitch). I need a banner with the username, 'LucidExpress.' Best one gets a shoutout from me." Many users were quick to reply about what makes this set-up problematic. 











The person who ended up making the artwork for Blake eventually received a tweet from him thanking her for her work. 



The artist defended her decision to make the artwork, saying that she doesn't mind being paid with exposure and that if Blake does decide to pay her, "then [she's] glad." 



While Blake has deleted the original tweet, he has since tweeted what seems to be a reply to the hate he's received.



In any case, let's just hope all sides learned a thing or two from the exchange.


Update as of July 6, 2018 (10:30 a.m.): Blake has taken down the post thanking the artist for her work. He has also apologized to graphic designers for his initial tweet.




Blake also retweeted the explanation of Twitter user Manuel Tadlas on his own account.



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