@lightless I agree that there were very talented creatives here in the past (NayNay was a beast. I actually exchanged messages with her when she quit. She told me that she decided to move on, but if she ever decides to return… beware all creatives). I think the amount of talented creatives here now is higher out of the overall number of participants (which I think is also higher due to the platform’s growth).
I don’t think I would be able to make serious money with contests these days with the current amount of creatives and level of talent despite the higher payouts than in the old days (man, we would have made so much money back then if there would have been so many $200 and $300 contests). After so many years doing this, my brain is fried from reading briefs and trying to cater to CHs needs. The best case scenario isn’t profitable enough to be worth my full attention. So thank God and SH for domains and the marketplace because that’s where the sky is truly the limit.