Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Industry Do's and Don'ts Part 1

Industry Do’s and Don'ts
Part 1 (Industry Do’s) 

(Models- Refer to my blog "Tips for Models: How to Get Started Part 1 & Part 2" for further references!)

Be professional on all accounts. Show up on time and ready to go. Communicate properly before, during, and after a shoot. It is amazing how many models don't treat these jobs like they are customers. Focus on communication; it is critical to being professional.

Know and understand how marketing works. Research social media algorithms and best times to post to reach your target audience/target market. Further (first), understand who your target audience/market is.

Appropriately credit all artists involved in the creation of a photo on social media. Designer, HMUA, Model, Photographer...etc. Make sure all parties receive a copy of a final edit to use on social media/ for their portfolios as well. Each of these people will help spread your image/message, so it is to your benefit to do so.

Keep your personal life separate from your business life. No one cares about your political stance, and in most cases, you will alienate half of your audience or better.

Know your self-worth. Make yourself an invaluable asset. Have a skill set that is unique as well as diverse.

Networking is essential. Find like-minded individuals to work with whom you can create epic art that challenges, inspires, and drives you as an artist. Work with people whose work you admire. Work with people whose work coincides with your vision. Never stop growing!

Models- If you are seeking to work with an agency, make sure you have built a great comp card and further make sure you have done your research! There are scams out there. Also, be careful what type of material you are posting if you seek to go this route. For instance, if I ever wanted to be with an agency, Bondage Art photography would need to be removed from my business pages.
(Case and point the beautiful photo below). Photo by: Scott Detweiler HMUA: Me :)

Be consistent on all of your social media accounts.

Avoid gossip and drama. BUT always speak up if something has happened that the community needs to be aware of an issue. Especially when it concerns the safety of others, I know this can be a difficult thing to do. So I want to offer personally right here right now that I will be here to listen and show support.

Be okay with rejection. It is going to happen and is a natural part of being in an industry like this. Do not be too hard on yourself but also be realistic. Keep striving to grow, learn, and adapt.

Photo by: Scott Detweiler
HMUA: April Berry
Hair Color: Salon Giovanni in Plainfield.
You should check them out! They are awesome.

2 comments:

  1. Great post as always and beautiful photos. You are gorgeous inside and out. Great advice which a lot of photographers need to learn as well keeping everything professional :)

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