Three Main Reasons Why I failed in my First Freelancing Photography Project
Hugo is an aspiring photographer. He wants to make a living by taking photographs for small businesses. However, he failed at his first attempt miserably. The client, a Chinese Fast-Food restaurant owner, hired someone else to take photographs and printed one of the landscape photos on a 120 by 60-inch canvas, which later hung on the facade wall in front of their washroom. Even worse, I am Hugo. Not only had I lost a valuable opportunity to earn extra money, but the project also had crushed my confidence. If I had known how to communicate effectively, optimize the delivery time, and sign a contract prior to verbal agreements, I would have had a satisfied client.
My grandfather was a hefty well-known swimmer in Xiamen, a coastal city located in south China. He was able to swim across a one-kilometer-width river back and forth more than ten times without a break during his best days. In 1970, Taiwan was relatively more developed and democratic than Mainland China. My grandfather, who lived in Fujian, the closest province to the island, covertly dreamed of escaping there because of the atrocities which were caused by the Culture Revolution and its infamous red army. If he had not seen his beloved wife with another man that day and made an impulsive decision, he wouldn’t have been in jail for ten years for the act of treason. My father told me that it was my grandfather’s biggest regret, and it could possibly be the biggest tragedy in my family history.
“Who am I?” There is a black notebook in front of her. “Ruth Blichar.” Her red lips whisper while slim fingers gently flip over the first page.