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thepicturelady in Ohio is doing 9 things including…

Make more money doing my job!

11 cheers


thepicturelady has written 16 entries about this goal


Maybe this goal needs re-looked at. Get a job would mean I am not working. And I am working…I just am not being paid well for what I do. When people ask me what I do…I don’t say “Well nothing.” I respond “I am a freelance photographer.” So my goal really needs to be “Find a way to make money being a freelance photographer.”

I really have gotten tired of the commit “Well since you don’t work” or “You don’t have a job so you are free”...and that’s really not the case. I have a very busy calendar and the only thing that is missing is a paycheck that is worth taking to the bank.


Wouldn’t it be nice
1. if one could just wake up one day and have a job to go to. No more resumes, interviews, follow up calls and letters!
2. if I actually lived in a place where I could find an employer that could utilize my skills!
3. someone is willing to pay me for my time and hard work! No more of this pennies on the hour!


I am so sick of thinking about it, looking for it and no coming up with anything. I hate searching the newspaper each week to find nothing. I hate the interviews that get you no where. I hate needing a job…much less finding a job. It seems to be the story of my life. And I won’t to end this story in the coming weeks!

no job yet

but I am subbing a little so that helps.

mailed yet another resume

There are few jobs available where I live that I find would inspire my skills and experience. But when I do find one….I send out my resume and wait for a call.

For the first time in a few weeks there is one in the paper. This one is a temporary (eeerr) and part time (eeerr) position that I would be teaching (yippy) safety (not sure what they mean by safety) in area schools (yippy). Maybe this is as close as it gets right now. Either way… is at least something to apply for.

I give up!

I feel like I am being held hostage by this goal. I planned…..I followed up….I demonstrated my abilities. I went through hoop after hoop ….every hoop that has been placed in front of me.

And here I sit….....completely worn out from it all.

I counted up the hours upon hours I put into this last series of interviews. And find that no one feels they owe the person that interviewed a follow up call or letter telling them where they stand.

I give up!

still waiting on the phone

I hate waiting…..makes all that anxiety come right back. I can’t stand it!

2nd interview went well

and now I have to wait for the call.

Second interview!!!

Yippy! Now I need to prepare a 15 minute lesson on Digital Photography. I have to pick the topic on digital photography…something that people need to know how to do when it comes to digital photography. So what are people wanting to know about digital photography?

Interview went well

Overall the interview went pretty well. I have no doubt about the ability to do this job. Easily I am very capable of teaching people about computers and digital media. No problem. Funny questions they asked sometimes. Since this training center is located at a Ford plant….they asked about the car I drive. Not sure the point….maybe wanting to see if I can talk shop. They also asked about working in a union setting although this position will not be a union job. Not really sure what they were looking for with this answer. The grant that funds this position comes from the union…so I did my best to talk pretty highly about union settings.

Also was asked about creating things to present lessons….power point and publisher documents. Again that doesn’t seem to be much of an issue with me.

Jobs like this don’t come around too often ….especially in my area. So I sure hope I get it. After I was done interviewing, I walked out to see someone I knew sitting there waiting to be interviewed. I kind of laughed because I know this guys background and hope they are priveledged to this. The last I heard….he was no longer shooting pictures at schools because of how he was interacting with the young ladies…if you get my drift.

thepicturelady has gotten 11 cheers on this goal.


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