There is something truly liberating about not being held to ransom by brands . At the end of 2018, I decided to no longer accept paid projects and would reconsider barter projects, as well as attending time-wasting events, where the same faces appear time after time. A part of me thought, why not use the money and donate it to a charity. That idea quickly disappeared as I would rather donate it from my pocket. The amount of paperwork I used to complete and then resubmit, because it was misplaced by the client, consumed more time than the posts. Then there was the amount of time I had to spent taking photos l, editing videos , and let's not forget fighting with the girls, who were just over it. Once delivered, I spent 2-3 months chasing payment. I was never interested in this influencer wave, so walking away was the easiest thing I did. The projects still come in, but now my response is, 'thank you, I'm flattered, but no thanks.' I know for some, "influencing" is their core income, but for me, I refuse to give anyone my soul for a few pennies. The best part, I'm back to me. As a journalist I hated advertorials, I know it's part of generating income. I love the freedom of editorial. It's good to be back!
It's like a weight has been lifted off my shoulder.
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