Be selective. Say ‘No’
Why do some people keep saying to me (rather than asking) ‘so, you’ve given up your photography’ or ‘I know you don’t do that anymore’. I’ve never given up on anything in my life. Don’t assume anything, and don’t assume I’ll go easy on anyone presuming rather than asking.
I’ve learnt to say no to the many that wanted something for nothing (namely; some local businesses, magazines, and charities that don’t realize as much as you’d like to help many of them, you can’t do things for free every time) and concentrate my time and effort on the things that are important to me, ie, publishing my own work, clients that are serious about what they do and what they want, artwork and creative output with musicians and other artists and most recently teaching.
Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen or exist. I’ve had almost 10 years of people telling me a swap of work or doing something at a reduced rate in exchange for promotion would be good for me, well maybe at certain times, in certain places it can be useful. But not with every person that contacts you asking you to do work for them, that’s ridiculous. Being self employed has been tough enough. Being more selective is the only way to avoid wasting time on things that don’t matter.
The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?