Okay, take it easy on me guys. I have done a couple of searches and each discussion seems to go the same direction. So, I apologize in advance to the pros for asking how to get access to an event as an amateur.
Basically, I am going to a Music festival and want to take pictures while I am there. The website says this regarding photographers:
I'M A PHOTOGRAPHER. WHO DO I ARRANGE A PHOTO PASS THROUGH?
All photo and press credentials will be issued by Madison House Publicity. If you are a member of the press on assignment and are looking to request a photo pass, please fill out the application...
I understand that you typically need to be affiliated with a newspaper, magazine, website, or some other major publication, or you need to have connections with event organiizers. Unfortunately, I don't. I just want to enjoy two of my biggest passions in life (music and photography) during the only vacation I will be going on this year (and maybe the next couple of years). I am not looking to sell pictures or get in the way of the pros. I would truly try to put in the work necessary to get whoever provided me with the pass the results they gave me the pass for.
So what is the best way to become affiliated with one of these places or to become "on assignment"? Should I look for some obscure website and see if they will give me some kind of recommendation? Maybe a local newspaper (in a different state than the music festival)? Somewhere else? Or, just try to sneak my gear in?
I feel like I am applying for my first job out of college and everyone says you have to have experience. Should I expect to submit sample photos of my work (kind of like a resume/portfolio) because of this?
Please feel free to tell me if I am I just wasting my time and have no chance to obtain the necessary credentials that Madison House Publicity is likely looking for.
Any and all help, would be appreciated. The festival is the electric forest festival and it is June 30-July 3.
Thanks and sorry for the long post.