I want to start shooting concerts and performing arts either freelance / on assignment, etc. Whatever will get me credentials to use my gear and start putting the learned skills to use, etc. Recently I was able to get some shots at Preakness Infield of national artists, most notably Adam Levine, Little Big Town, Wiz Khalifa (I walked right past the gate with a full pack of gear and nobody said anything!) and I think they came out pretty well shooting with the Mark IV and 70-200L. So as I see it its the beginning of a portfolio because no way can I get those shots of national acts in any other venue without credentials due to gear restrictions. It's a catch-22 so those infield concerts were an opportunity as I saw it to build a portfolio.
So having read the many threads and FAQS I got off my arse, processed some images, and started writing e-mails to local magazines and papers with a few sample images (watermarked of course). OK, so I only sent one so far, but now that I sent one, I have a template. I am a lawyer in my day job, I am the founder and President of my firm of 7 lawyers, and I have no intention or desire to change my career. However I want to start shooting events and I want to be published for no other reason than I think it would be an awesome experience. I am not doing it for the money but don't worry I will not give my skills away either.
I was honest in my e-mail, introduced myself, was professional, and asked if there was mutual interest. My plan will be to keep sending these e-mails to all of the papers and magazines in my city and we shall see what happens.
I did feel somewhat intimidated sending that first e-mail but I figure there is absolutely NO harm in sending these out. Worst case is that its a waste of time. But, I am tired of thinking about it and today I did something about it.
If this develops into anything I will post updates here. Not that anyone cares of course except me. But its fun to document the experience with fellow POTNers.