Thanks to Avoid This Job reader Jessica, we have new sadness to add to our The Kids Are Not Alright category:
Let’s cut right to the chase here:
WHAT IN THE HELL DOES “INTERESTING COMPENSATION” MEAN?
Are you actually trying to sound like a molestation factory? Or the front for a child slavery ring? Because it doesn’t sound good. At all. Phrases like “the shooting last about three hours” are not helping.
It could be worse, I suppose. You could leave out ANY details on what type of shoot this is, specify a wide age range but an unsettlingly specific hair-color, and then say something like “we like to get to the child level, our style is very playfull.” THAT would sound creepier, but– oh. I see. Well… this is awkward.
It’s possible (let’s say, even LIKELY) that you are running a fully above-board operation here, and so we offer a word of advice: this ad is not doing your business any favors. The casual, non-native-speaker misspellings and mistakes, the vagueness of purpose… And in addition to the nightmare-inducing “interesting” compensation, you appear to be trying to sweeten the deal by making this sound like a fun experience for kids. Stop that.
True fact: 95% of children have absolutely zero interest in “see[ing] a professional photography studio in action.” For the average six-year old, observing a professional children’s photographer at work falls squarely in the center of the Boredom Scale, somewhere in between “going to the bank with your overly-perfumed Aunt Lisa” and “watching reruns of M*A*S*H on a black & white TV.” It is SLIGHTLY more interesting reading a back issue of Architectural Digest, but significantly duller than reading the back of a cereal box.
Anyone who prefers their compensation in money, as opposed to interestingness, should avoid this job. And red headed children: RUN LIKE THE WIND!
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