... which rule everybody's lives. ...
Source: Frugal dad
Some years back I was working to organize a small animation studio.
The artist I was trying to convince to sign a representation card wasn't that interested. He said:
"Steve, I don't like working for big studios, not my bag. I enjoy the small places. I know I make less money and get worse benefits, but I'm okay trading that for working at a nice, Mom and Pop studio ...
At the time, his "Mom and Pop" studio was doing sub-contract work for Disney. I pointed out how, if he was going to work for a conglomerate anyway, even if indirectly, he should be better compensated for it.
He looked at me as though I'd just stepped off an interstellar starship from the Narbak star system.
We can all drift along, pretending that we have multiple decisions as entertainment workers about what which entity receives the fruits of our labor. But there are really only a handful of choices. At the end of the work week, most everybody who is not working for DreamWorks Animation is giving their brain and wrist power to one of the fine companies listed above.
(And how much longer will DreamWorks Animation remain independent? Even Pixar is part of the Big Company syndrome now, paying "Mom and Pop" wages still. Such a deal.)