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A Letter To The White Guy In Gentefied That Paid Ana, A Latina Artist Upfront For Her Creative Services 

Gentefied Ana Morales
Gentefied Ep 4 - L to R: T.J. Thyne, Karrie Martin, America Ferrera - Photo Credit: Kevin Estrada

Dear White Guy Who Gets It,

I’m writing this letter on behalf of Ana Morales, a key character in Gentefied, because of your generosity today. Thank you!

From the bottom of MY heart, thank you so absolutely freaking much!

Sir, you have no friggin’ clue, how watching you do what you just did, lifted my spirits today.

And yes I know you’re a fictional character in Netflix’s tv series Gentefied, and I should be giving MAD props right now to the writers who wrote the script, which I will in a moment, but I just wanna take a few moments out of my day to personally say thank you. THANK YOU!

Thank you for believing in creatives enough to pay Ana Morales upfront for her creative services! Sis didn’t even sit down at the party, let alone get started before you Venmo’d her!

Thank you for valuing her enough to make sure she got her money BEFORE you were too tripped out on acid to remember to pay her. (Yes, yes, he actually said that, not me.)

Thank you for not making it a big deal about having to pay her in the first place! Even when her own people shortchanged her, lied about not being able to afford her services, despite throwing a HUGE party for their child. 

I know you weren’t there to see that happen to Ana, but I was and I know she was heartbroken that her own people would pull such a shit move on her.

They promised to pay her $100 for face painting at their kid’s birthday party. But when it was time to pay up, they gave her 50 bucks and pretended it was all they had.

They pretended times were bad and used having to “cut their BJs membership” as an excuse for their hardship and horrible manners.

As a creative I know how hard it is to get folks to take us seriously and actually pay us our worth! So thank you so much for this.

It’s a great reminder to the world that when you know someone is worth it, you should just trust them and PAY them. 

It’s also a great reminder to artists to go where they’re wanted.

We often think we need to go where others have been before, or where we think we’re wanted, but then we’re faced with having to PROVE our worth.

And you, my sir, are a big example that there are people in this world who can see what we’re all about and just believe in us. You, my good friend, are the reason I now have hope that one day someone will look at me and see the talent I have and throw some cash my way before I even get started on my project!

Now I wanna say that $600 was probably a steal for her talent, and you probably knew that as well. But I can’t really complain right now when I know how much that $600 means to Ana and her family.

I’m looking forward to seeing how you both will work together again in the future.

But until then, I’m grateful to you for everything you’ve done today! So thank you once again. I hope you have an awesome day!

Sincerely,

A Creative Who Thinks You’re The Shit

P.s – Shout out to the Gentefied writers for highlighting what creative life should look like! We should be working with those who believe in us, and with those who want to PAY us. Not those who want us to gravel at their feet for crumbs.

P.s.s – If you haven’t seen Gentefied yet, click here for more about the show, along with a few other shows you should be watching on Netflix.

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Written by Shaye Wyllie

Shaye is an Entertainment Writer from Brooklyn, NY and a big fan of anything and everything superpowers related (especially if kids/teens are involved), cooking + baking shows (like MasterChef Junior and Cupcake Wars), teen dramas, sitcoms, comedies, and legal dramas. When she's not binging the latest series on Netflix or writing, you can find her spilling her thoughts on the Brown Side of Disney Chat or creating YouTube videos with her daughter for their new family site, Popcorn and Tater Tots.

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