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Money, 1959

I recently read an article about Instagram "Influencers" who offer photographers "exposure" in return for free services. The article mentioned one business owner who created a sign stating that influencers would pay double. I love it. I was, of course, reminded of the many times in my various careers in which people suggested that their influence on my career would far outweigh any monetary compensation in value. That approach suggests that the offer is born of one of these attitudes: 1. You don't care what you get as long as it's free. 2. You want my work but think I'm stupid. I'm reminded of the above rock & roll record from my youth. To paraphrase composers Janie Bradford and Barry Gordy: Your influence gives me such a thrill but your influence don't pay my bills.



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