Age shall not wither us...
Thanks to the two people who contacted me on the
issue of ageism. Interestingly, both were
travel writers. One tells me she's lost work as commissioning editors
retire - a hazard of getting older I hadn't thought of.
The moral here, though, as always for freelances, is to try to keep
building up your client list - sharing eggs out among baskets. Both felt
that travel is an area where the young get priority - especially on
television, where youth is seen as the main market. This seems misguided,
but it did come across that the perceived audience/readership was the
problem - less so in print than in television. Us oldies should start
making a fuss about being ignored - if we feel up to it.
Secondly, I've been trying to find out more about how freelances with
disabilities cope with the labyrinthine benefits system. That is, how can
you work without losing at least as much as you gain? Any thoughts on this
from freelances with disabilities - in confidence - would be most welcome.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org