Beyonce Wears a Weave And Other Things You Should Know

beyonceBeyonce wears a weave.

There I said it.

If you were following me on Twitter yesterday you already knew that but I just wanted to say it again.

It’s not her hair. It’s a lace front, which is a wig/hair extension combo. Other times she’s wearing a straight out wig. I’m sorry that I had to be the one to tell you but it irks me that so many people don’t realize it. I don’t have anything against hair extensions but it ticks me off that she’s on TV selling hair products when she buys her hair. If she wants to change her hair color, she chooses another color from the pack.

I’m a copywriter, so I understand the way advertising exfoliates and massages the truth until its glossy and pretty enough to catch our attention. I understand that Drew Barrymore does not go to Target and buy Covergirl makeup. I’m sure her makeup artist uses some ridiculously priced makeup made out of ground up unicorns.

A lot of the freelance blogs, books and advice out there are just like Beyonce and her hair dye: There’s no way you can get those results from the stuff she’s pushing.

Beware of Hype without Backup Information

I’ve read a couple of things about it lately (All Freelance Writing is the first one that comes to mind) and yesterday another freelancer I tweet with made some great points about the hypocrisy out there. There are plenty of “experts” out there giving out advice but not making their rent freelancing. They endorse things they never tried and give out advice they don’t follow. Basically, they’re selling you a product to get beautiful hair when the only way they get beautiful hair like theirs is to buy it from somebody else.

You know, if Beyonce just said “Hey guys, this is a weave, but I still think it’s fabulous and let me tell you where I get my hair” I’d be less pissed about it. I just want her to admit that sometimes we can’t have it all . . . or we can have it all if we also have a weave budget the size of India’s gross national product.

Diary of a Mad Freelancer started as a little personal space that I could talk about freelancing with no one but myself and the three people who read it. And although I am proud to say that I have now have a readership of at least 11 people, it’s still just my journey through freelancing.

I am not a guru, ninja or grand wizard of freelance. I don’t know any secrets because I’m a chatterbox and I would have already told them to you. I have no special freelance powers except the ability to spot a nonpaying gig at 100 paces.  I would never guarantee that you could become a six figure writer by reading this blog because I don’t even know you.  I wouldn’t even say that I’m the best freelance writer in the world because I not a fool. Or even in the room right now. I am not nor will I ever be the last word on this industry.

But I am a real live working freelance writer. I work full time, writing from my home. I have insight to this business because I’m actually in it. I keep coming back for more every day, trying to make this life work. Some days are better than others. Some days I wish I was independently wealthy so I could go buy an island and call it a day. Mostly, I just settle for being independent enough that no matter how bad my day is, it’s worth it. In spite of it all, I’m still here surviving the freelance life.

As this sites evolves and grows, I want you to know that will never act like this freelance thing is just so easy and all you have to do is follow my three step process to become rich and famous.(Anyone who is not rich and famous can not tell you how to come rich and famous. Hell, half the people who are rich and famous don’t know how they got there.

If I’m endorsing a product or selling something, it’s because I see merit in the product because I have tried  it.  When I tell you about a tool or a method that I’m using, I’m really using it. If I dole out advice, it’s from actual experience. When I make mistakes, I’m going to talk about it openly because *gasp* my shit actually stinks. And the comments section will always be open for you to tell me I’m wrong, demand more information or leave your two cents.

So have at it.

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Princess Jones

Princess Jones is the mad scientist behind Diary of a Mad Freelancer. For more talk about freelancing, writing, and selling yourself for a living, follow her on Twitter.

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  1. Thanks so much for your sage (and witty) advice. After years of working for The Man and now venturing out my own, I'm TOTALLY freaked out. Each day, I feel a little bit better once I've calmed myself down by reading your posts.

    • Can I tell you a secret, Corilyn? We're all freaked out. Maybe not 100% of the time, but we're freaked out too. Even the 30 year veteran has days where they worry if they're doing it right or if they're going to make their goals. So you're in good company.

  2. Amen- I am amazed at how many bloggers put themselves out there as having all the answers — whether as freelancers or in marketing or whatever. I've only recently found your blog but it really resonates, thanks so much.

    • Thank you, Anne. I hope that I can continue to make this just another place where freelance writers can get another perspective.

  3. I love, love, love your blog!!! Love your no nonsense, tell it like it is and make me laugh while you're doing it writing style!

    • Thanks Lori. (And might I say that I'm kinda in love with your headshot? It's very eyecatching.) I hope that if you get nothing else from site, you get a decent laugh every now and again.

      • The laughs are great but there's so much more: advice, sympathy, and an occasional slap upside the head. With love, of course.
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        • Well thank you. As long as you guys are getting something out of it.

  4. As someone who’s transitioning back to full time work after part-timing for a year I have to say I’m realizing how many people don’t practice what they preach – all over again.

    Just because someone lists 50 ways to land clients and promotes products in that post, doesn’t mean all those products or those 50 ways will work. And all those popular raise your rates tactics don’t work either!

    • You know what I think the problem is? They tell you to raise your rates like that's all you have to do. Just say "Oh, I'm charging $500/hr now. Deal with it." And I don't think there's enough acknowledgement that not everything works for everyone. Hmm, I think I'll write a post about rate raising. Thanks for idea Samar!

  5. Nice, witty post! A creative way to look at the topic. (Btw, I also think it's ridiculous that Beyonce, of all people, is selling hair products. Just wow.)

    • I'm more shocked that some beauty company is paying her oodles and oodles of money to do it. Maybe I can get product endorsement deal with one of those penis enlargement companies?

  6. A refreshingly honest take, as usual, P.S. I've been doing this for 12 years now, and I haven't come across anything magical. What you put in is roughly what you get out, give or take a few lucky breaks and the occasional mishap. Like you, I believe the independence, combined with the camaraderie of good people, is worth it.

    And for the record, as a guy whose haircut is modeled after Bruce Willis's in "Pulp Fiction," I'm not much for hair weaves.
    My recent post Freelancing in the sticks

    • Hahaha! Jake if you want to get a weave, I'll support the decision. Just don't try to sell me hair dye based on the beauty of your weave.

  7. I clicked on that Millions Are Being Paid Out ad, but nothing happened. Just my luck… : )

    Nice rant, well said, write on.
    My recent post You Sure Are A Lot Uglier In Person

    • Ha! Mark, if I knew where I could just sit on my but and have the money fairy drop off millions to me, I'd be there right now instead of here.

  8. I come to your blog for the useful information and because of your honesty and openness. I believe those qualities in your writing will keep your blog growing and hopefully this will eventually translate into more opportunities. In the mean time, count me in with those who enjoy following your journey in freelancing through your posts.
    My recent post Legacy

    • Thanks Francisco. And I'll try not to put out the image that I have all the answers. Because of course I don't.

  9. P.S.,

    Be for real. Say it ain't so! Do people really believe Beyonce's hair is real? Seriously. Ray Charles it seems to me would not even have thought that. 😉 Anyhow… enjoyed the post and your on point perspective.
    My recent post Bloggers Beware! Should blogging have boundaries

    • LOL I thought it was obvious but I've had to explain it to several people. One friend was so in love with Beyonce that when I tried to explain the concept of a lace front to her, she almost cried. She acted like I told her that there was no Santa Claus! I don't think our friendship was ever the same.



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