Peter M Howard ::

wintermute.com.au

Reclaiming the label Amateur

27October2005 [myth]
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Let’s take back the name ‘Amateur’. An amateur isn’t supposed to be someone that doesn’t know what they’re doing, an amateur is someone who loves what they’re doing. A professional gets defined as someone who is paid for what they’re doing, but really, it should be someone who does it for the money; if they do it for the love, they’re an amateur.

The way amateur gets thrown around these days is so very capitalist: as though payment is the ultimate goal (and thus, professional).

There are, fortunately, signs that this is changing, thanks to the Internet… Where people can, relatively easily, do the things they enjoy, and if they get lucky, be paid for it as well.

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