I got the most unexpected phone call waking me up the other morning. Maybe things will work out and maybe they won’t… but it made me feel a spark. It’s made me feel that fire inside that used to keep me driving on.
This season has been rough, and when it rains, it pours. In this time I’ve questioned everything for the past two years, including things about myself. I’ve gone down some of the darkest paths I’ve ever been down that very few would even bother to try to understand and make an honest attempt to try to help guide me back to greener pastures.
I found myself lost and unable to figure out how I suddenly ended up in that position or how to start getting back.
It’s amazing how something so small can suddenly flip that switch for you again and make you remember that, quite frankly, you’re so much better than this. This isn’t like you. This isn’t you. You used to be a force to be reckoned with… and it’s time to get back on that track.
I’ve realized lately that any time any sort of relationship comes to an end, you begin to find out who’s actually your friend and who isn’t… and it’s not always because you’re the one forcing that ultimatum.
Some people decide to “pick a side” and cut you out when it’s not really their business in the first place… and then there are those who stay out of the middle, but are still there for you in the best ways they can be in time of need.
"Not intend on sounding like a creep but I've known of your existence since the days of the good ol' WMHC and I remember you being my favorite for your talent and your success since a very young age. Now I have a photography degree but live in fucking Narnia, and was wondering if you have any tip for anyone trying to enter the world of music photography in case I moved to the states? I know I have to start from the ground, but who better than you to explain me so? I'm 21 btw, I'm serious about it. Thank you so much for the time of even reading this and if you can't give me an answer I still love your work! You're such an inspiration! Have a great day."
Hey there. To whoever sent this, sorry for the delay! Also, thank you for the kind words. They are definitely something that put a smile on my face during my recent rainy days.
As I tell everyone who asks this, my advice is to start small (but from the sounds of it, you already have a firm grasp on that concept). Go out and meet local bands. Introduce yourself and ask them if you could photograph them at their shows. Even if they can only help you with all-local shows instead of the times they may be opening for larger acts, take the opportunity to get in some practice and build up a portfolio online so that, once you feel that you’re ready, you can start hitting up PR for the larger acts and requesting photo passes.
It also can’t hurt to get involved with publications— again, even if you have to start with the small, local ones (or even if you have to start your own!). PR reps actually usually prefer a photographer work for a publication when going through photo pass requests as they want to be assured that the photos will be used and gain the band press.
Also, while you’re at it, network, network, network! “Knowing people” can definitely ease the process…