Monday, May 31, 2010


Oh boy! It's been a little more than a week since I became a full time freelancer and I already feel like so much of a slacker. I have a long list of ideas. So many post it notes, napkins, business cards, random pieces of notebook paper and so much more and here I am more than 240 hours later without much to show for being on my own.

Sure, I've done some stuff, but nothing to make me feel worthy of the title of freelancer. I'm acting like an unemployed shlub with random spurts of working. I have to change my ways ASAP if I'm going to start making an actual living out of the thoughts in my head...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Help me get my page views up!

Hey everyone! I really need to get my page views up. Please click on my
articles. Whether you read them or not please, help me get to the next
"clout" level!!! Click here to help me!! Thanks bunches and bunches!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Paid my parking ticket

Yup! I got a parking ticket while shooting a charity event. Parking sucks in so many places in the Tampa Bay area!!! So...thought I'd write up a post on my thoughts regarding parking if you are a photographer, writer or even just a vendor working an event somewhere:

1. Check out places to park for free before you go!
2. Call your contact and see if there are places designated for you to park
3. If no place to park for free find the closest place with the cheapest price. *hint* If you have a lot of gear to bring with you, the extra coin for a closer space is usually worth it.
4. Bring a roll of quarters with you EVERYWHERE! If nothing else this might save you if there is an unforeseen toll road in your future.
5. Bring at least $10 in ones. Why $10? Well...several of the places I've had to park in the Tampa Bay area are between $0.50 and $1.25 an hour. You don't want to be checking your watch at a crucial moment in the event and fearing you have to run to your car.
6. With metered parking read the limit on it. Just because you keep adding coins doesn't mean the extra time will be added once your limit is up. i.e. $0.50 for an hour and a one hour limit on the meter...don't add $1.00 because you will then lose $0.50!!!

That is all I can think of for now. If you have other tips please comment =)
Sure these ideas may seem like common sense- but planning ahead can save you the $40 I totally just had to shell out for parking at an event I wasn't even paid for! If my post helps one person I'll feel a little better about this whole situation!!!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

What did you write today?

I wrote this post October 29, 2009 for a Blog called The Crooked Table
It was so important to me that I feel it should be resposted here:

Sit down in the chair! Do it now!
Get a pen and paper and write down 5 places you want to write for.
This is the life of a freelancer...

Got those 5 places you wanna write for? get up out of the chair and head to the library and find those publications and study the crap out of them.

Studied up? Fantastic! Now sit back down in a chair and with 5 pieces of paper. At the top of each piece of paper write the name of the publications. example-at the top of Page 1 The New York Times Page 2 Penthouse Magazine and so forth and so on....yes I'm aware Penthouse will not be at the library, but I digress....

On each of these 5 pieces of paper brainstorm and write down ideas of articles that you could potentially make query letters out of for these places....

Once you have done that find out how the publications go about accepting queries. If they don't no big deal because at least you had an exercise in brainstorming. If they do accept queries, then what the hell are you waiting for? Write one!

Write your best idea to each publication that you dream of writing for and then wait....and wait...and wait...hopefully soon you will receive a letter, an email or a phone call that your idea has been accepted...

While you wait to be accepted keep doing it. Constantly be studying the publications you want to write for and constantly be sending in good ideas to them.

As Dr. Wilber from the University of South Florida often said, EMBRACE REJECTION!!!

Why should you embrace rejection? Because not only did you at least attempt to get an article in your dream publication, you have now been given the chance to try again. 90% of the battle is trying. Eventually, if your ideas are good, you might get the dream gig. Never give up! Never surrender.

Happy freelancing ya'll!
Ashley Grant

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New Post at Tampa Bay Freebies

New Post HERE

Insomnia is a Side Effect of Being a Freelancer

I've had trouble sleeping lately because my mind is a flurry of ideas. I have to keep a notebook by the bed because my brain is constantly working and I have to write these ideas down to be able to go back to sleep. Funny thing is I often don't do anything with the darn ideas once they are written down. My goal is to start acting on the many pages I've collected if they are worth pursuing. Are you a creative being? Do you have insomnia because of it? Tell me about it...

New Post at the Photographic Times

New Post available at The Photographic Times

Thursday, May 6, 2010

An article about jobs for loud people

I wrote an article for Associated Content about jobs for people who simply can't be quiet. Read the story HERE

The Full of Bull shirt will benefit LLS for May

Summer Lott and Jacqui Anderson for
Photo by

Read the blog post about the shirt sales HERE

My photo of the day 5.6.2010

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