You Can Trust Me, I’m a Professional

While most people who follow me know that I make my living as a freelance photographer, taking photos for Philadelphia Weekly, booking weddings, and making art for the inside of books, fewer people know that I also publish fiction. I’ve written science fiction, fantasy and games.

But I’ve also done much weirder things for money. I’ve decided to make a list of all the things I’ve done that people have handed over cash for me to do.

Stuff I’ve Been Paid For

A List By J.R. Blackwell


(Photojournalism, weddings, portraits, events)


(Science fiction, fantasy, essays)

Lecturing at a University



Kickstarter Management

Game Design

Selling Wigs

Photo Restoration

IT Help Desk

Selling Comic Books

Administration in Higher Education

Making Pretzels

Singing in a church choir


Running a simulation of the zombie apocalypse

While I no longer contort in a freak show, I still do a few things on this list, notably photography and writing fiction. If you’d like to hire me to do either of those things, you can contact me at

Link Blizzard

Interested in buying any of the things mentioned in this post? Here are a bunch of links!




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