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I landed my first magazine cover shoot while on welfare. Here’s how. With two middle fingers to the sky, I left corporate America and declared myself a professional photographer. It was March 25th, 2005 and in my journal, I wrote “shoot and get paid” which was harder than I thought.
I soon ran out of money trying to figure out how to get paid doing something I would gladly do for free. Soon enough I ended up on welfare. Seeing the spider web that is our system, I struggled for two years to pull myself out of poverty. My heart goes out to those that are uneducated and stuck in this self-perpetuating system that virtually seems designed to keep poor people poor.