My little brother Dan asked if he could come with me to be my photographer on my next trip. I said we could practice right now, handed him my camera and took him on a nature walk in the woods near his house. At the end of the hike, he asked for compensation for his work.
“What do you need money for?” I asked.
“I want to buy an iPhone, Holly. It’s the latest technology,” he replied.
What the heck does a seven year old need an iPhone for? I can’t even afford one.
“Dan, iPhones are like, $650!” I said.
“Well, maybe I could do two jobs for you instead of one to get extra pay,” he suggested.
Geez, when I was his age I used a tin can as a make-believe telephone, and the most I’d ask for was 50 cents to buy a candy bar. At least he’s learning to negotiate from a young age. Nice try Dan, but I’ve got three words for you: Not gonna happen.
And it’s best to also learn at a young age that, if you’re going to pursue a career in the arts, you have to do it for the love and not the money. So, Dan the man, your compensation is photo credit.
Photo credit: Daniel Patrick Corbett