[Business] The Best Business Advice For The Working Photographer

Okay, I know my title is a bit dramatic but nevertheless I really think this is one of the best videos I've seen this last year for any working professional. Yesterday, Chase Jarvis had Ramit Sethi on his Chase Jarvis Live site, and the conversation was a cornerstone pillar for any working professional photographer. You see, Ramit is a New York Times and Amazon best seller book author (his book I Will Teach You To Be Rich is a classic), and he dropped by Chase's studio for some candid yet blunt answers on how a professional should run his career. Ramit covers how to book worthwhile jobs that satisfy you both creatively and financially and a ton of great advice that can be very psychological at times. The interview is super long so pace yourself, but if you stick with it I think you will be 10x more successful than you currently are (but hey I'm no fortune teller). Oh and if you want an early start on a great career in photography, why not let Chase Jarvis judge your own work by entering into our behind the scenes contest he is judging! Sorry about the sound at times.

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Wow!! Glad I have insomnia and watched this. Great video for any level of photographer. There were so many questions I had before about "how to" on many subjects. After watching this video it has definitely given me a ton of ideas on how to do research, ask the right questions to prospective clients, as well as separating myself from the next photographer. I will be watching this again for sure. This time WITH a notepad. Well done guys!!

This is amazing. This video clearly made my day. I learned so mutch... Thank you Fstoppers for looking up these amazing videos for us.

awesome video! Anyone else notice how hairy his arms are?

no i didn't, i was busy paying attention to the knowledge they were dropping

Great Video, but why do Chase's live vids always have HORRIBLE audio....buy a compressor!!!

That's exactly what I was thinking.  Hell a compressor would cost nothing yet fix that problem hugely!

FStoppers Team, you've done it again. Thanks for sharing this tremendous video post with us. 
I'm glad I watched it all (taking notes of course). Chase Jarvis is the man!. I watched it carefully and learned so much in this video. OMG! it has answered so many questions I've had over the years. This applies to any creative environment.  Thumbs up GUYS!!!!!  

This Post should have a 10 STARS RATE!

Good good stuff here thanks for posting!  I'm glad these techniques are techniques that we have to actually get off our butts and do because this is yet another way to weed out the pro's from joe's.  The Joe's won't do this stuff, they just won't.  The pros that have the drive will do these things and become more successful as well as creating a bigger gap between the joe's.  My 2 cents.

This was a big pill to swallow, but I feel better already. Profound post in ways I can't thank enough to Chase, the guest and fstoppers.

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Indeed, amazing stuff. This post has helped me out in more ways than one. I'm in the process of finishing up school and I've beyond a lot of questions and this really hit the spot for a lot of them.

Good information. I hope I can do at least a fraction of what they suggest!

Seriously just put this information to use. I have a meeting with a Creative Director at an ad agency next week.... Take notes Create a plan for yourself using this as guidelines and you are golden! It begins to get fun after a while.

Thanks for posting this, I trie watching the live stream but it was so choppy, I was missing about 2/3rds of the audio (I could have handled having no video...) and what I did hear was chopped up...   I had to give up on it because it was just confusing me even more...   great to have the rewatch.

Some of what he says is good stuff but it's hardly revolutionary.  Maybe it's a generational thing that gives the impression that this is new stuff.  But if you've been in the working world for 20+ years, none of this is mind blowing information.  Even the interview scenarios aren't new.  Your job in an interview is to understand your prospective employer's or client's problems and convey to them that you have some idea(s) on how to solve them.  If you've done your homework, you are prepared and ahead of other people they have interviewed.  This technique is hardly new.  It's been around for generations.  If you're in your 20s or 30s, you may be having an epiphany.  Even the information about interviewing people to find out why they used someone's services is nothing earth shattering.  It's been written about.  He just brings it to their attention in a different way.

It's all about understanding social styles and knowing what THEY need. Most sales people who are professional, ethical and are about helping the other person know this.Zack Arias also talked about being different and using that as a means of people finding you.  It wasn't a matter of being better necessarily.Act as if you don't need them.

I totally agree. Sure, there is value in pinpointing things that are common sense - and yet get forgotten while you're there, in the interview room or in a client meeting. But to sell it as revolutionary? I guess the biggest lesson (not that it's anything new either) is that speaking with uberconfidence, repeating things enough times and giving them catchy names can make people believe your ideas are unique.
And as to a generation thing - I'm in my 20, but it took me about 2 interviews to figure out you have to come prepared and know clients/employers needs. But maybe I'm unique. Scratch that. I AM unique. I am UNIQUE.

This interview was very informative, Chase hit it out of the park again. Ramit, definitively laid out the information in a way that could be easily adapted to any business situation. Patrick, keep them coming. This one challenges the way we do things on a daily bases, especially the simple things we take for granted, and how to turn them into winning situations.

This video is distilled wisdom and even if I'm in my twenties, I do not have to work for 20 years or so before I "get it".  I can go out tomorrow and start practicing.  Ramit is very generous to openly lay out his many years of research for us. Great video!

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How anyone could tolerate the sound and actually sit and listen to this is beyond me.

Well, that made my next year