South African artists were already working for little to no pay, but the pandemic has unleashed a flood of exploitative work requests right when we need money the most.
On the radio the other day, I heard a small business owner of a costume design company being interviewed and asked how they have managed to:
a. Reinvent themselves during this period, and
b. Think outside the box while doing so.
Their conversation made me think about how I have not managed to wrap my head around any sort of future, or reinvention outside any kind of box—beyond the one that wraps itself around my immediate reality. When the lockdown was announced, three friends and I withdrew to a remote area where internet access was dubious and, most times, simply not available. I would need to walk a bit of a distance to locate a spot under a tree or up a mountain to be connected for thirty minutes, or so.