It's kind of amazing what happens when you start valuing your time. Like even a month ago I would waste so much time getting taken advantage of by others. I'm not necessarily talking about collabs but everything else I just didn't know how to say no. I would do ads and product work for free with companies. I just realized after #sisterxsister
that companies HAVE money, charging even $20 won't kill them. I grew up thinking everyone is poor and I also didn't value my time, effort, and work so I would offer it for free. Now I charge but it's still only like $30 and I know it's not a lot but it's a start. I also never made money from modeling. I'd have 3 shoots a week for a whole year and never make a dime. However, after realizing that it's not about the experience anymore and my portfolio is developed enough, @nicolastaifoto
urged me to start charging for that too. That really opened my eyes when a photographer said that, if a learning photographer is serious they will pay even a $30 fee for gas. And I thought about it and it's kind of true the quality and value is important. For the past 2 months I have had a modeling related thing everyday and it's exhausting and I feel taken advantage of (for certain things). Idk I'm not saying I'm worth so much but I'm saying I deserve something. I'm skilled and I put a lot of thought and effort into my shoots and I've invested so much time these past 3 years on everything. I thought I would lose opportunities but now serious doors have opened. I have companies offering me $100 and I have photographers that are paying me to shoot. (Which is INSANE!) literally nothing has happened or changed for the worst. And now I'm not really afraid to speak my mind about things because I realize I have the right to. The change finally happened when I set my mind to buying my own camera and I realized I can make $15 hr working and that's so much compared to never making anything. My time is worth something and I realized how I have to start prioritizing things. Thanks for coming to my ted talk. Charging until October. Except for creative endeavors.