Great article. I love how age and fitting some social mould matters less in the age of the internet.
I will say this though — I think it’s normal and perfectly fine for an agency to mark up work. A business to business relationship is very different to a worker to business relationship. 20× does seem like a massive, massive difference though. I’ve been in a similar position where my time was being charged out at several hundred dollars an hour for retouching, and I was making a tiny portion of that. I guess the important take away from all this is that it isn’t just about talent, but also about trying to get some business sense as young as possible.
This article is great.