At a conference last week, I got slightly offended by one of the attendees. I struggled with why I was so hurt by the interaction I had with this woman.
She said, “What do you do?” I told her I was a copywriter. She rolled her eyes and said, “Good luck with that. My son’s a writer and he can barely make a living.”
I felt judged and defensive.
“Well,” I laughed, “I’ve been successfully supporting myself as a writer for over three years, and I’m into my fourth now.”
And as I said this, I glanced over at my colleague, another successful creative professional (in photography, visual arts, and a dose of writing, too.) So, I’m going to tell you the truth about being in business: