I've written a lot of posts about what makes SCU's Summer Session different and yet I still get comments from photographers questioning the need to invest in their own education. Our industry is changing and along with it education. All of you have hundreds of choices with webinars, blog posts, videos and even a few live programs here and there.
I just got this email this morning from Kate Giovinco who attended Skip's Summer School last year. Kate called me last night to tell me some great news about some new directions she's taking in her business. This morning she wrote:
I wanted to share one more thing that had happened over the last year. A few weeks before summer school 2012 I took a hard look at my business. It was a mess. I wasn't making any money and working all the time. I decided to give myself 6 months to turn it around or I was going to throw in the towel (as they say) and go back to a corporate job. I had not spent the last three years trying to build a business to go back to where I started. So I decided to give Summer School a try and I started implementing things I learned into my business. Within three months I had made more than I had in the previous three years. So again thank you. I am honored to be part of such an amazing organization of photographers that want to help each other grow.
Over and over again I hear stories like this from past attendees, which is what keeps me doing programs like this. I know you've got lots of choices, but I also know there's nothing like this program in the industry. It's not just another workshop or hands-on program, it's a community and it really is life-changing.
I wrote to Kate to ask permission to use her email and she wrote back:
You can use it wherever and whatever you want from what I am sharing with you. You can share my name too if you would like. I seriously don't mind. I am telling you because it has been life changing in my personal and business life. I truly believe the community aspect of Summer School makes it different from all the other workshops out there.
Hoping to see you in Chicago - there are still open spots with one of the finest faculties we've ever put together.
A big apology on the error for original photo credit. Photo by Everardo Keeme
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