Saturday, September 05, 2009

Paid to Practice

Twitterers like to make cute observations that can fit in 140 characters or less. On 9/6/2009 AnitaMatys dropped the fun little tweet.

"They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds."

The response, of course, is that practice is an unending task. No-one has yet played the perfect rendition of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. People just keep plugging away at it.

Since, I see everything in a super political light, I see something else here.

Practice is an unending job.

The people who are engaged in the job of practice are actually doing. Their work does not reach fruition until actual performance, after which they go back to practice.

The wage laws are all built around an absurd notion that everything is in performance. Progressives imagine a state with a glorious leader who sets everyone to task and those tasks reach their fruition from the second that the dictates issue from the political hierarchy.

Many jobs, especially in the creative environment, have the form of people engaged in practicing, practicing and practicing. They then perform and go back to practicing.

The practicing is a low wage activity. It is the performance where the artist receives the reward.

Minimum wage laws prevent the formation of business models that provides some minimal funding while a person practices with the hopes of receiving a more substantial reward during performance.

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