Before you take on that new client, apply for an internship, or consider assisting that photographer, make sure you have done the following first.
The team over at The Futur are back once again with a fascinating video discussion on the topic of interning. This week Chris Do, who is an Emmy award-winning designer and founder of brand strategy design consultancy Blind, Inc., is talking with students about their experiences and expectations when it comes to becoming an intern for a company.
While this video explores the subject of interning, the strategies and tips which Do talks about are just as relevant for photographers who are looking to assist or filter out particular jobs or clients. At the heart of Do's advice is the notion of making a list of criteria of things you hope to get out of the situation. While this one tip may seem like an obvious one how many of us actually do it? Things like money, networking, experience, and portfolio pieces, were all suggestions added to this list yet some of the students had taken on internships and received very little of these things in return.
Photographers really shouldn't be picking up the camera unless they are getting something out of the situation. Make a list, prioritize the points on there, and use that to help make your decisions. If that internship, assisting job, or new client doesn't match your criteria then it's probably time to try and find people and places that do.
Lead image by Fxxu via Pixabay, used under Creative Commons.