Pros of becoming a pro
Saturday, December 21, 2013
You know, one of the reasons why I decided to set up my photography business was that doing so, I'd be my own boss. How awesome is that? Nobody to boss you around all the time. That's the dream right?
Of course, there are so many other pros to being your own boss. You get to choose your schedule, so if you want to have ten breaks a day, just do it! You made a mistake? Learn from it and get better, BUT without someone yelling at you.
However, to me, the most important pro of being a pro is that you get to select who you are going to work with. That's the best thing, really.
I know this guy, to whom I used to teach English, who is now trying to start a career in the music business. He's recorded some hip-hop songs - which are kind of cool I think - and his last song featured famous hip-hop singer Kuniva, who is a member of Eminem's band, D12. The track's called O.R.I.A.C and you can listen to a preview HERE. The man's 15 years old. That's pretty impressive.
So, I'd been following all he was doing and I thought that if I could help him in any way, I would definitely do so. I contacted him and told him that if he ever needed something related to photography or even video, I'd do all I could to give him a hand. After recording his last song, he told me he needed a cover for the CD, so we decided to work on that together. He already had a picture in mind, which was rather simple but so awesome at the same time. He told me his idea, I suggested a location, he loved it, we scheduled a photoshoot, we did the photoshoot, I edited the photo, added the text for the cover, sent him a couple of different versions, he wanted a few things changed, I changed them, sent the hypothetical final version, he loved it. Done.
The experience was really amazing for several reasons. As I am only starting in the photography world, I could use some publicity. He needed a photography service. Did I charge him? No. Did it for free. But in return, I'll have my name, website, Facebook page displayed somewhere on the CD. Personally, this is way better than money right now. Also, music is one of my favourite things in the world and, when I started taking photography seriously, I always thought that I would try to combine both passions as often as I could. Finally, the whole process was very nice! We worked together all the way through in order to get the final product that would be up to our expectations. And well, I think it worked out quite well. :))
Here's the cover, and also if you want to check out more of C-Mac's work, visit his website: