What does it take to shoot for some of the largest magazines in the world? Not as much as you might think.
The video above is an excerpt from the full-length tutorial, Making Real Money: The Business of Commercial Photography. The majority of this tutorial covers the financial side of running a commercial photography business but it also contains a series of videos that we call "Story Time with Monte." In these chapters, Monte Isom tells some of the most incredible and hilarious stories of his rise from being a photography student to assisting many of the most famous photographers in the world, and then finally venturing out on his own.
In this episode, Monte talks about how a single meeting with Sports Illustrated landed him his first paying job with the company and jump-started his career as an editorial photographer. When Monte was ready to stop assisting and go out on his own, the Twin Towers were attacked on September 11th and the economy took a massive hit. Monte was forced to assist one more photographer to pay the bills. Luckily for him, it ended up being one of the most respected photographers on the planet, Greg Heisler.
If there is one thing that I learned from my time with Monte it's that success really is about the people you know. Sadly, without actively trying to meet these people, the majority of us won't end up meeting the key players that could literally change our lives. It's up to us to put ourselves out there and if you're a hard-working, honest, talented person, success will eventually find you.