The Wisdom of Arlo

Sometime back, I got a chance to shoot the folk singer Arlo Guthrie. He said something that day that has stayed with me:

The art of doing nothin’ is probably one of the most profitable things you can do, because it sets you up to be doing something.

When you are thinking about accepting an assignment where the fees will barely cover your costs, or giving in to an excessive rights grab with the justification that “it’s better than doing nothin’,” that’s a good time to reflect on Guthrie’s advice.

By John Harrington via Why Selling “All Rights” Is Wrong for Your Photography Business | Black Star Rising.

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  • Ashley Roach08/20/2010 - 4:56 am

    Great Quote, and an even better rebuttal to the client’s line “it would be great for your portfolio”ReplyCancel

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