Tips and Advice

This is some of the best advice I’ve ever heard, from Art Streiber

Art Streiber’s advice for emerging photographers

Diego Cuevara, a Miami-based art director, designer, and photographer, did a Q&A with Art Streiber for his TheeBlog a while back, that covers how Art fell in love with photography, his approach to celebrity portraiture, and collaborating with clients, among other subjects. Click here for the full interview, which also includes the following—Art’s advice to aspiring photographers.
TheeBlog: What would be your advice to all those photographers out there trying to get discovered and featured by big publications or studios?
Art Streiber:
• Immerse yourself in the genre of photography that you’re interested in pursuing.
• Go to bookstores and stare at the photography section.
• Go to the newsstand and open EVERY SINGLE magazine that is of remote interest to you.
• Make a list of your dream clients, your nearly accessible clients and your easily accessible clients.
• Tear the mastheads out of your target magazines and put them on the wall.
• Focus your energy and break up the big tasks into bite-size pieces.
• Do incredible work.
• Make 4×6 or 3×5 prints of that incredible work and put it on the wall so you can see what you’re up to and how your work is developing.
• Keep your website CONSTANTLY updated and fresh.
• Remember that you take yourself to the next level and it’s up to you to figure out what that next level is and how to get there.
• Make sure that you have a strong sense of your own aesthetic.
• Self assign.
• Take advantage of your downtime. It’s a gift.
• Ask for help. Ask for other opinions of your work and then weigh their merit.
• Surround yourself with incredibly supportive and hardworking people and then support them in return.
• Custom Print your digital images the way we used to custom print our negatives in the darkroom. The Canon jpeg algorithms are excellent, but they shouldn’t be the last word on how you present your photograhy to the world.
TheeBlog: Any tips on what NOT to do?
• Don’t let your website get old and musty.
• Don’t be a pest to your potential clients.
• Don’t make excuses.
• Don’t beat yourself up for an extended period of time.
• Don’t make the mistake of including an image in your portfolio or on your website that isn’t AMAZING, just because the process of creating that image was exceptionally difficult.

Brilliant words for anyone with a dream!

“Twelve differences between those who dream and those who act:
1-Wanna-be’s obsess about ideas.
Entrepreneurs obsess about implementation.
2-Wanna-be’s want more web traffic.
Entrepreneurs focus on sales conversion.
3-Wanna-be’s focus on positive thinking.
Entrepreneurs plan for multiple contingencies.
4-Wanna-be’s want to get on TV and get “famous.”
Entrepreneurs build their list.
5-Wanna-be’s seek a perfect plan.
Entrepreneurs execute and adjust the plan later.
6-Wanna-be’s wait for their lucky break.
Entrepreneurs engineer four, five, six plans and execute them in tandem, wagering that at least one plan will get traction.
7-Wanna-be’s fear looking stupid in front of their friends.
Entrepreneurs willingly risk making fools of themselves, knowing that long-term success is a good trade for short-term loss of Dignity.
8-Wanna-be’s shield their precious ideas from harsh reality, postponing the verdict of success or failure until ‘someday’.
Entrepreneurs expose their ideas to cold reality as soon as reasonably possible.
9-Wanna-be’s put off practicing basketball until they’ve got Air Jordans.
Entrepreneurs practice barefoot behind the garage.
10-Wanna-be’s believe what they’re told, believe their own assumptions.
Entrepreneurs do original research and determine what paths have been already trod.
11-Wanna-be’s believe they can do anything.
Entrepreneurs do what they’re gifted for and delegate the rest.
12-Wanna-be’s think about the world in terms of COULD and SHOULD.
Entrepreneurs think in terms of IS and CAN BE.”

And if I can add my own.

Wanna-be’s feel entitled and expect the world to come to them.

Entrepreneurs go after what the want, many times fail miserably, but always get back up and attack again.    Remember, it’s not failure until you stop trying.
Thank you Jim Cavanaugh and Shannon Fagan.