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Live To Write, Write For Money – Would That Not Be A Pleasure
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Live to Write, Write for Money – Would That Not Be A Pleasure

I read an article, or a blog, posted by a professional. The title was “White Water Writing”, the author's been sent on an assignment, to learn how to white water kayak. She would have to write an article on her experience and someone was paying her to do this over a weekend.

Now that's a hell of a life to live, being paid to have some fun and then write about it. My heart went out to her, shame what a way to spend a weekend. (Sarcasm) I thought of the Jouberts that the National Geographic Channel pay to make films and videos of animals in Botswana, of all the photographers that get sent out on assignments. “Get us a picture of a Tiger taking a bath” and of to the forests of India some poor man has to go. Build a hide and for weeks sit and await the opportunity.

I pictured my cell phone ringing and having the following conversation; “Mr Ainslie, we would like you to go to the Kruger National Park and get us a photo of a lion kill, we don't care how long it takes, and money is no object. When can you leave?” The chances are, that all that would be heard, is the slamming of the door, as I leave on my assignment. Would such a life be difficult to live, could you learn to accept it?

I don't know about you, but I reckon I'd get used to it.

Who gets offered such jobs, and what are their qualifications? I'd guess they'd need a driver's licence, a good camera, a little knowledge about their subject and a certain amount of talent taking photographs. I think I must add these to my CV, and post copies to the magazines. I think my camera may need upgrading, to something more professional, but you'd probably find they'd aid with that, all they want is the perfect picture.

My blog attests to the fact I know how to find the subjects, and if I can believe the comments my camera isn't too shabby. After-all, all I do is point and focus then try to frame the subject, a press of the button and five shots taken should produce at least one that's perfect. The cameras manufactured today, build to make you look good, point and press with basic settings and a camera is almost forgiving.

What do I have to do, to have someone offer me the assignments? Oh how I wish I had the answer to that, “Please can you go and learn to White Water Kayak this weekend and write an article on your experience.” I'm sure that none of you would turn it down, as I wouldn't, to play at a hobby and then write on it, and to top it all, someone pays you to do it! “O woo is me, I want to be, a writer and get paid for it.”


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  about 1 decade ago

In your dreams like me Shawn... in your dreams...

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  about 1 decade ago

Rob, everything that manifests in reality either as a physical object or event, first started out as a thought form in the mind, Keep dreaming, you're a great writer!

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Penny, it's also nice to put ones dreams in words on paper, just in case the one day it happens... you can then sit back and say "I did it"...

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  about 1 decade ago

What a lovely article Rob! Hope my phone rings too! As for the photos...fantastic!

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Maria, To dream the impossible dream, To fight ... the unbeatable foe ... To bear ... with unbearable sorrow ... To run ... where the brave dare not go ... To right ... the unrightable wrong ... To love ... pure and chaste from afar ... To try ... when your arms are too weary ... To reach ... the unreachable star ... This is my quest, to follow that star ... No matter how hopeless, no matter how far ... To fight for the right, without question or pause ... To be willing to march into Hell, for a Heavenly cause ... And I know if I'll only be true, to this glorious quest, That my heart will lie peaceful and calm, when I'm laid to my rest ... And the world will be better for this: That one man, scorned and covered with scars, Still strove, with his last ounce of courage, To reach ... the unreachable star ... Felt I needed to serenade.. but you're lucky you can't hear my voice..lol

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  about 1 decade ago

Like, like, like, like, like....I can help you with the voice, I'll sing with you!

  
  about 1 decade ago

Grass is always greener, Rob. Right now, you decide when you go, and where, and what to shoot--that's a far cry from an assignment photojournalist. If you were to ask one of those Nat Geo pix-folks what their one regret is my money would be on them complaining about the room service in pup tents in third world countries' nature parks. But if you really enjoy random travel, just put together a portfolio and go take a meeting with a magazine's photo editor, or some online publication, they never go looking for you--you have to find them. Keep the dream, man.

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  about 1 decade ago

Hey Chris, I grew up enjoying the taking a dump in a hole and no room service under a star filled sky, that's the least of my worries, I just want someone to say "wow hes good give him an assignment". You've seen my blog, I'm not at a pro standard but wishful thinking is a marvelous mental cheer, and gives one something to think about.. How would you feel if someone phone you and said they'd just seen you on Youtube and wanted you to do something for them, I'm sure it would do you a lot of good and give you some excitement... I've watched you tickling the ivories I think I'm right in my way of thinking...

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  about 1 decade ago

It'd be a great daydream if I could forget that I can't travel and I can't play Piano for more than an hour (and that's the maximum, not the average). I'm not sure I'd enjoy the reality--having to say No to something I would otherwise be 'over the moon' about. But my reality is already something of a fantasy fulfilled--I get to write and draw and play music and even share all of that with a handful of people--it is a Wonderland compared to being a shut-in in pre-FB times.

  
  about 1 decade ago

I agree entirely, as per my blog I get to take photos and do my thing with pleasure and at my own time, and the reality is I'm probably too old to do an assignment... But damn its nice to dream... forget the realities... dream on Brother .. dream on...

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  about 1 decade ago

Just had a look at your photos, absolutely stunning pics Rob...stunning!

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Kim, a enjoy taking them, going to the Lipizzaners show this Sunday, boy the camera is going to work there... Dram must of had something else in mind...

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  about 1 decade ago

What a great dream that is for those of us that like to write, Rob. Let's all keep hoping!

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  about 1 decade ago

We can only dream Georgia,,, only dream...

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  about 1 decade ago

Dram...? Is that a Freudian slip old chap?

  
  about 1 decade ago

We can all dream Rob, that is what keeps us going....some dreams come true....to all the working folks out there I am sure each and everyone would drop the phone and run for the job that they love to do and get paid for it....I know I would...

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  about 1 decade ago

How right you are Tim ... but then we're allowed to dream....

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  about 1 decade ago
Johnney  

Rob, I went to your site. Loved it, seriously loved it.. As I was engrossed in the post of the setting sun and the rising moon, the morning sun rays here came quietly and with angelic reverence through the sheer curtain dancing the still of the dawn dance in the open patio door, waltzing across the floor and up to my computer screen like a spotlight on the leading man and lady upon the stage of life as if to say, "Oh, that was a great day, how lucky we were to have someone at the right place at the right time to capture that moment, and all we did was show up, like we always do." You're a true talent Rob, if you want to get an offer, then maybe you should make an offer. You are that good. Thanks for a great start to another great day.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Johnney, I enjoy my photography and would love an offer from someone, but when you see the pros... they are so much better than me... but I'm still allowed to dream....

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  about 1 decade ago
Johnney  

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success?unexpected in common hours." Henry David Thoreau "Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born." Dr. Dale E. Turner

  
  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

I agree with the PR comments. I see a career as a photographic journalist for you Rob, if you really want it. All it'll take is putting you before the right people. I always recognize your articles by their titles, and want to read them. Everything is a commitment. When you're really good at something, you'll probably get a lot of work. And that commitment will preclude other things you are doing. Everything is an exchange.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Joan if I could only get an offer... it would be seventh heaven....

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  about 1 decade ago
Golfspice  

Having misssed the boat for playing sport for a living, I think writing/photography would be my next choice. Enjoyed the photos on your blog and the article you refer to.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Buddy, yes seem to have missed all the boats of choice but can continue to hope....

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  about 1 decade ago

You the man Rob!!:) Don t give up your dream ..! Who knows, maybe tomorrow the phone rings for you, to start writing......for some company..... :)

  
  about 1 decade ago
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