Morning! I’ve been added as a speaker to a second panel during Social Media Week and this one is probably the most personal talk I’ve even agreed to take part in. It’s about to get deep, we’re talking ANXIETY.

One of the things that gives me the most anxiety and possibly you too, is not having money. I’ve gone through lots of ups & downs in my life and I don’t come from money so all I have, is all I’ve earned. When I returned from Australia I was so skinny from living on next to nothing I looked like Nicole in her anorexic days, not by choice.

It’s hard to carve out a way to get paid for what you love doing. Especially as a creative person. Last summer I wrote a post about how you can’t pay me in chips or chocolate bars. I got sick and tired of people asking me to do work for them in return for things I don’t need. What would I do with a bunch of chips & chocolate? I go to the gym for a reason! Helloooooo. If they (whoever is asking) are getting a paycheque and are asking me to do work, I should get paid too. You wouldn’t believe some of the extreme things I get asked to to in return for ‘publicity’. I turn down way more than I accept. (That’s not to say I don’t love getting a few freebie’s along the way!)

Lauren posted this video that’s an excerpt from an upcoming documentary on Harlan Ellison, “DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH“. He’s an excellent writer and inspiring man. I’m sure you will enjoy it.

My startup disk is full so I’ll be spending the afternoon moving TO THE CLOUD. Have a spectacular day. It’s lovely & sunny in Toronto 🙂


  1. February 6, 2012 / 12:37 pm

    That has to be one of the best videos I have ever seen. When I become a professional writer I’m taking Mr.Ellison’s advice! I would love to meet this man!

    Happy Sunny Monday and thanks for sharing the video 😛 

  2. February 6, 2012 / 1:12 pm

    It’s really disconcerting when the bigger brands bully (emotionally manipulate) you in to saying yes for their free product. And they’re millionaires. Insulting.

    • February 22, 2012 / 3:21 pm

      totally insulting. like, wtf? you are paying everyone ELSE?!

  3. Ericacl
    March 24, 2012 / 12:42 pm

    This was interesting to me as someone who knows little about social media and branding.  it makes sense in a way to get free stuff but you can’t pay your rent with chips and cookies.  wish i could have heard this talk!!

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