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Monday, 2 December 2013

The Road Goes Ever On: WhatCulture and the Culture of Artistic Exploitation

I've just excised a venomous influence from my life. And, as a dedicated yet chronically suffering writer with "little or no money in my purse", I would like to take this opportunity to post a sobering caution to all those who live by the pen.

I've been writing on topics that inspire me for a long time. I've rarely had the pleasure of being paid to do so; it's simply such a vital part of my being that it would be unthinkable not to.

When it comes to writing for money, however, I've had to resign myself to the reality that my options are limited; I have successfully pursued careers in both journalism and copywriting, and have personally found both to be soul-sappingly dissatisfying. Reporting the facts and representing a client's brand left little room for my own voice and creativity.

When I found an advert on TotalJobs for a fully paid content producer position for a successful entertainment website, therefore, I was intrigued. WhatCulture were offering a permanent writing role with a salary of £13,500 per annum (a modest sum, but one that did not faze me given the opportunity at hand). Employees would be required to write on the topics of film, TV, gaming, music and sport - several of which I take an unhealthily avid interest in.