1. not under the control or in the power of another; able to act or be done as one wishes.
2. not physically restrained, obstructed, or fixed; unimpeded.
The origins of the word "freelancer" are unclear, but it is generally agreed that the term was popularized in the early 1800s by Sir Walter Scott, used to describe a mercenary who offered weapons and their service on the battlefield to the highest bidder.
As a freelance photographer, your weapon is your camera, your service is your eye, and your enemy is apathy. In a game where there are no rules and cutthroat competition, it can feel a bit like a battlefield--albeit more angsty than bloody. You feel like a no-talent ass clown, but talent is secondary to effort. If you want to succeed, you have to work hard. You have to work tirelessly. You must work with resolution, even when you are full of doubt. As a wise Brit once reminded me: "it's your job".