Freelance Paychecks are RealA few weeks back while thinking about this journal, I came across a forum for paid photojournalism jobs. I left it some time later in complete shock. There I found posting after posting about jobs paying nothing, next to nothing, or promising payment and then paychecks never arriving in the mail. I sat there, closed the laptop lid, and thought for a long while.Freelance Paychecks are Real10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
I know I’m fortunate to be paid for what I do. A big part of this is because I specialize in something very few photographers are doing at a professional level. But what most people don’t realize is that even at this level a large percentage of my workload involves pay negotiations. There are contracts that took months of negotiation. Some took weeks, or a single week, or several days, or a flurry of emails or texts in just a few minutes.
Every single one of those initially low-balled me; offering me starting contracts at 10-20% of my regular rate. And despite publications th
Do it BackwardsOnce upon a time, long enough ago for this tale to become muddled folklore, there was a talented young man who desperately wanted a pair of skates. Times were hard, there was war and rumour of war, and hockey was fast becoming a popular diversion from all of it. Skates, and a very good pair of skates, ones designed by the fastest skater in the world, Norval Baptie, were particularly special and this particularly talented young man wanted them more than he had ever wanted anything. All he would have to do to get them would be to beat Norval Baptie himself in a race. Ever the showman and the gentleman, Norval Baptie offered to race backwards while his challengers could skate forward. Norval Baptie was at the height of his speed skating career at the time, but facing him while he skated backwards especially for such a pair of skates was a tempting challenge. The young man entered and the race was on, but as the race unfoldeDo it Backwards3 years ago in Personal More Like This