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Facing hardship caused by the pandemic, many freelancers are asking, ‘Is this the end of my career?’ Not yet.
I thought my first layoff meant the end of my career. Dead on arrival when I was only 28 and still had a lot to learn. Fortunately, it wasn’t. Two years later, I marked the ominous anniversary in February by wrapping up my coverage of the Sundance Film Festival. I had plans for more festivals across the country and set my sights on Cannes, which I had never attended before.
Roughly a month and a half later, movie theaters across the U.S. would be closed, film festivals the world over would be canceled or moved online, and I would face those old dark thoughts once again: Is this the end of my career?
As a freelance critic and writer covering film, arts and culture, I’ve seen my share of highs and lows. I’d even gotten used to the rhythm between lucrative months where I banked dream assignments and fallow periods when none of my pitches would take root.
However, the spread of the coronavirus was different. I haven’t been this out of work since I was …
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