Think you have it bad? Any problems will likely fade into the fall sunset once you read Michael Luongo’s piece in Guardian US.
Luongo, an award-winning freelance journalist and photographer, details his mistreatment by editors as well as a series of recent medical mishaps that have spiraled him into debt. He incurred the first of two major injuries around this time a few years ago:
In 2014, I was beaten unconscious on New York’s 6th Avenue, while photographing the Halloween Parade. I had a concussion and muscular and nerve pain in my neck, shoulders, arms and other areas. This severely restricted my ability to work while my body healed.
I renegotiated a deadline with an editor, but then she suggested giving my work to another writer. I quickly realized that telling editors about my injuries would leave me impoverished. Ironically, my parade photos received a New York Press Association journalism award.
On the plus side, Luongo has maintained perfect credit and owns his apartment. He reveals that he will take out a lower-interest loan using the apartment as collateral to pay off his accumulated credit card debt.
Screen grab via: michaelluongo.com