I recently took up a few assignments that were extremely low-paying (less than .10 per word) because the client called it a ‘trial run’ and if it worked out, I would be paid better in the future and promoted to contributing editor. Seeing as that I don’t have many projects on my plate, I decided to give it a try. Now, here I am, struggling to finish the first assignment, already a few hours past deadline and I simply can’t find the motivation for it. I am sick of getting paid next to nothing for my hard work, especially in this case where I won’t even be getting a byline!
I’ll finish the assignments because I would feel guilty otherwise but after this I’m done. I’m aiming for the big leagues, no matter how many times I get rejected. It’s time I stop playing it safe.