Intro by Skip Cohen
Over the years I've shared a lot of wisdom from my good buddy, Scott Bourne.
I pulled this guest post from the SCU archives because it's so perfect to the mindset, so many of you have at this time of year. For most photographers, this is the slow season. You're working on plans for the year ahead, your skill set, and your social media real estate. There's plenty of time to dream about the journey ahead.
Sooner or later, everybody gets that one big chance or at least the break they perceive as the "big one." However, the truth is, because of social media and depending on the strength of your network, every opportunity can turn into your big break!
Everything you do today has the potential to reach thousands of clients and other artists. I love Scott's approach here but these are the steps you need to take for EVERY job you shoot. You never know who's going to see your images down the road or how they might have the potential to be used.
Always do your best. What you plant now you will harvest later.
by Scott Bourne
You got the chance of a lifetime. It’s that big job or that first magazine cover or that first major photographic workshop. Whatever the case, getting ready for that opportunity requires some thought.
This post probably won’t go the way you think it will. It’s not going to be a list of the gear you’ll need. Instead, it’s sort of a personal prep list. Sure you need gear and I’ll briefly cover that. But let’s talk about everything you need, not just gear.
This is just a starting point, but the goal of this post is to get you thinking about everything you need to prepare, not just gear.
Congrats on this opportunity. Now go out there and get it done.
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