A funny thing has just happened to me and all because of this blog. It’s mad. Thanks to a post I wrote last year, I’ve received an invitation to go to London and be photographed (aarghh!) for a feature in one of the national papers! Whaaat???!!! I told you it was mad – but it’s true! And not only will they pay all expenses but they'll pay a nice little fee as well. After checking it all out I know it's genuine; I should also add that it wouldn't just be me.
I won't go into detail here as the paper is yet to run it (I'll be looking out for it online when it does and may update this then – meanwhile, sorry to sound so mysterious!) but the thing is, it presented me with an unexpected moral dilemma. What would you do?
Would you give up a few hours of your life to do something totally different from anything you’ve ever done before AND get paid for it? (Especially if you’re skint?!)
Would you be willing to take part in a professional photoshoot for a very well-known publication? Yep, a 'photoshoot'...! *
Sounds quite exciting so far, perhaps…?
…But would you do it for one of our major tabloid newspapers (I won’t say which one although you can find a clue in the name of this blog…) even though you absolutely hate what they’re about?
As it happens, I had to decline for a practical reason, but I still thought about it... and was wondering what the experience would be like... and I still am...and I have to confess that a little, devilish, secret exhibitionist part of me wishes in a way that I could embrace it, in spite of my shyness and my dislike of being photographed. Simply because it’s just not the sort of thing that happens every day. Oh and the money… let’s not forget the money. So perhaps it was just as well that another factor made the decision for me and I didn’t have to wrestle with my conscience or my paradox any further.
Whatever contempt I have for the newspaper in question, though, I have to admit, it was nice to be asked!
You just never know who might be reading your blog….
* Fully clothed, I hasten to add.