How to Become a Photographer - Elisabeth Caren

How to Become a Photographer - Elisabeth Caren

 

Entertainment, advertising, editorial, and fine art photographer Elisabeth Caren shares her 10-year journey towards discovering what fuels her existence. Now she shoots portraits for high-profile celebrities such as Serena Williams and Amy Adams - but it wasn’t always that way. Find out what she did to become a professional photographer without an MFA, how she created opportunities to build her photography portfolio, how she balanced her client’s needs with her own creative freedom, and why working for free was the best career decision she made.


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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Do the research.
  2. Tell people what you want to do.
  3. You can work for free and still make money.
  4. Figure out - what does the client need, and how can you give them more?
  5. If you are not constantly making mistakes as an artist, you are dying.
  6. Present your final product in a professional way.

 

 

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How to Use the New Creative Business Model - Ari Herstand

How to Use the New Creative Business Model - Ari Herstand

 

Ari Herstand - blogger, musician, indie artist encyclopedia, and now published author - joins Cathy to discuss his favorite unconventional strategies to invent opportunities and increase your income. How can you leverage the internet to crowdfund your career? When should you reset and reevaluate your goals? He also shares the importance of understanding your full business, stories of small artists who became a success from Periscope and Patreon, and the doors that unexpectedly open when you say “yes” to the side man trumpet gig.

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. The old model is broken.
  2. Why are you as an artist?
  3. Know what your goals are. Make a goal sheet with tangible goals.
  4. Revisit your goal sheet every year.
  5. You’re the boss. Understand the full business before you delegate.
  6. Don’t pass your business to someone you don’t know.
  7. It’s all about the journey. Don’t think that when you get there, it’s all going to be rosy.
  8. When you start off, be open to opportunities even if they don’t fit in your plan - until you’re so busy, you can’t say yes.
  9. Your audience is real life and online.
  10. If you’re not getting booked, book yourself.
  11. Master the one platform that inspires you the most.

 

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What Can You Do Today?

What Can You Do Today?

 

You're inspired to pursue your creative dream - but where the heck do you even begin? This week, Cathy shares the first good habits that will kickstart your success. What do you specifically need to ask yourself? What steps can you make right now? She also answers questions from some listeners about gaining more attention and creating stories behind the content. This is the year of no excuses, so stop working for someone else's dream and start taking action to turn your creative passion into a full-time career.

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. Take action. You have to execute your idea.
  2. Don’t try to be perfect.
  3. If you know the what and the why, you’ll figure out the how.
  4. Be specific about what you want to do.
  5. Your greatest resource is your resourcefulness.
  6. There are no excuses.
  7. Don’t wait for the opportunity - create it for yourself.

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Turning Your Dream Job Into a Reality

Turning Your Dream Job Into a Reality

 

Welcome to Don’t Keep Your Day Job! In this first episode, Cathy reveals the secrets that have transformed her creative career into a success. What advice from other creative minds has inspired her? How did a stranger on a standby flight change her life? What is the biggest excuse that holds people back from achieving their dreams, and how can you get motivated to overcome that? Say goodbye to that 9 to 5 grind, and start making strides towards the career change so you can make money doing what you truly love.

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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  1. You can’t just work hard. You have to work smart.
  2. Do your research.
  3. Embrace what you deserve. You deserve to be happy.
  4. Polite persistence pays off.
  5. Be authentic and appreciative.
  6. Have certainty.
  7. Be resourceful.
  8. Stop wasting energy complaining. Use it to take action instead.

 

 

 

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Introducing Don't Keep Your Day Job

Introducing Don't Keep Your Day Job

 

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