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Seven Multi-Talented Creatives Share Their Wisdom and Experience

First published on afripopmag.com
I spent about two years as a freelance writer in Johannesburg and those were probably the hardest two years of my life, financially. I had left my job as a journalist in Cape Town and moved back home to Pretoria so I could finish my journalism degree. My sister was unemployed at the time and my dad had just retired, so I went from living my best life in Cape Town to being responsible for my whole family on a freelancer’s salary. It was really humbling.
But that experience taught me how to negotiate my rates. Up until then, I just accepted that publications paid only a certain amount. But then I found out that some of my friends were being paid more by the same publications. So I quickly learned to negotiate and to chat to my friends who were also freelancers about money, because that was the only way to find out if we were being played.
So my advice would be to always refuse to be paid less than what you deserve. But this means that you have to bring your A game too and the best way to improve as a writer is to read other dope writers, whether it is books or articles. Try to read more than you write.

Neo Maditla is Editor-in-Chief of designindaba.com.

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First published on RiseArt.com


Neo Maditla is Editor in Chief of Design Indaba online, South Africa's leading design and creativity platform. DesignIndaba.com features some of the best talent on the African continent and from around the globe. Not only is Neo passionate about African art, but she's also a seasoned writer with experience in print, TV and online. We just had to have her on the Rise Art Prize panel for Africa and the Middle East.

1. What’s your favourite art gallery?
I love the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town. It has a massive collection and I always go there, alone or with friends, and I just spend hours on end looking through the work. It's located in massive public park where one can go for a picnic, visit the restaurant or even take a stroll down Government Avenue so see the monument commissioned by Design Indaba in honour of Archbishop Tutu called Arch for Arch.
Cape Town's Iziko South African National Gallery.
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