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This Artist Was Offered A Full-Time Job After Someone On The Internet Properly Credited Their Work

"Always credit authors. It's important."

Posted on November 15, 2017, at 5:20 p.m. ET

This is 25-year-old Esther García López based in Albacete, Spain. They were (until recently) a freelance artist who often shared their work online.

Esther García López

López's work was mostly in merchandising and branding for Spanish companies, but they shares their more personal projects online, including on their Tumblr.

López — like many other young artists today — fully utilizes social media and even depends on it for prospective opportunities. "Internet is the media we use to expose our work," they told BuzzFeed News.

"Almost always we expose it for free, so everyone can get to know us and see what we are capable of."

However, more often than not, people will liberally share artists' work without attribution. (Just ask any self-employed artist online about this.)

"By doing this, they are making it more difficult for people interested in our work to find us, and therefore, losing chances of getting a job," López explained.

"For someone who lives [off] occasional commissions, it's vital that every work we share has a proper credit."

In late October, López received an email from a Spanish editorial company asking if they'd be interested testing for a position as an illustrator.

Esther García López / TetraTheRipper

The employer told López they immediately piqued their interest after they came across a Facebook post sharing one of their images of Lady Gaga that was credited, and linked to their Instagram account in the caption.

The Facebook page "Little Monster Artworks" had López's Instagram account linked, where there was a link to their Tumblr, where all of their contact information could be found.

Spoiler: López impressed the company, and they offered them the job soon after. And López accepted! "I'm super excited about it," López told BuzzFeed News.

Esther García López / TetraTheRipper

López is incredibly grateful to the Facebook page that thoughtfully included attributions. They wanted to make an example out of the sequence of events, so they tweeted about it and urged people to "always credit authors. it's important."

guys, i just wanted to say i've received a job request because someone who reposted my art on facebook took the t…

Strangers and followers of their work congratulated them on the opportunity. But it also helped to reinforce the message.

ALWAYS 🗣 CREDIT 🗣 ARTISTS 🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣


And the practice extends to other kinds of original work, people noted.

Credit authors, credit illustrators, credit co-writers, credit editors Give credit where it’s due 👏🏾

"Please always credit artists when sharing work, be it writers/ painters/ photographers/ models/ actors/ costume makers."

Please always credit artists when sharing work 💜 be it writers/ painters/ photographers/ models/ actors/ costume ma…

López joked that they and other artists have to repeat these statements "like parrots" sometimes, but they believe more and more people are listening and learning every time.

For anyone who thinks giving credit to the artist is a waste of time... do it. Please! 🙌🏼

Plus, López added, everyone can relate to "how frustrating it is trying to find [artwork] when it isn't properly credited."

Esther García López / TetraTheRipper

"I think almost every person has tried to look for something: a series, a cartoon, a video game."

López ultimately believes the internet is a powerful and positive experience for art creators and art consumers.

"Thanks to the internet, young people are growing up having direct contact with the people who make the content."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.