As relevant as when first posted, and possibly becoming more important with each passing day!
Stephen Bennett has survived the rigours of being a freelance writer/photographer, both full and part time, for almost 40 years.
In that time I haves seen literally hundreds of wannabes, cowboys, faux-pros, scammers,
and Uncle Harry’s make a flurry, and then disappear into the murky depths.
I have found that rather than compete with them, it is far better to ignore them:-
while they may have an immediate effect on the industry, usually on prices, and a general lowering of accepted standards, they will soon disappear after discovering that their “business model”, if indeed they have one, is unsustainable, and what they thought would be a great way to fuel their “passion”, is actually damn hard work.
However they will undoubtedly be replaced by eager souls intent on providing the industry with their particular brand of untutored and cheap, tortured crap…however survival as a…
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