Category: the freelance life

Sail Away. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Know When to Say “No”

Know When to Say No to a Project Years ago, when I was still trying to figure out my life as a freelancer, the advice was to never so no, to take on any and every project possible, paid and most of the time unpaid. The idea behind this advice was, I guess, to build ...

On Choosing the Best Subjects

On the importance of choosing the best possible subject/model for a visual story or photography project Subjects might or might not make or break a story, but they can definitely help us tell the strongest story possible. Choosing the right subject for a particular story–be that a story told in word or a visual story ...

Dress Code for Photographers and Writers

Dress Code for Freelance Writers and Photographers Years ago I used to walk in the Halloween Parade in New York City. I wouldn’t dress up for Halloween. Instead, I’d walk with a friend who always knows how to dress to impress. While he’d put on self-made black-leather wings and leather pants, I’d go as his ...

Hawaii Clouds. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Thoughts on Dealing with Low-Paying Clients

How to Deal with Low- (and often late-) Paying Clients We’ve been there, starting out by working for no-paying clients, and then picking up a few low-paying jobs from low-paying clients and feeling good about ourselves because we actually make some money. That’s all good, but it’s also good to be aware! In general, low-paying ...

Writer-Photographer Collaborations

Things to Consider When Working with Other Creatives As many of you might know, I am a writer and photographer. Hence, I often work with other writers and photographers. Sometimes I do get to photograph and interview someone for a magazine article. Other times, I team up with another photographer or writer, each doing his ...

Boat reaching the shore.

On Finding Your Audience

Thoughts on finding your audience as an artist Last week I wrote about finding your artist’s voice. This week, I’d like to touch on the importance of finding your audience, as an artist, and why I think it’s important to find and have an audience. I believe that finding your voice, as an artist, helps ...