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Jan 05, 2007 10:46 |  #61

deezeljuice, I think that is the part I'm most fearful of is the marketing side of the business. As my technical side continues to improve my confidence level grows. I think allot of us engineer types are introverts and that's the real hurdle to overcome. That's the most inspiring part for me in Jason's story of breaking down that initial barrier to talk to that editor. The technical side of taking photos is really fun for me but I need to make sure I balance that with the creativity in me that is just dying to get out. As an engineer, there are times when the creativity side gets pretty squashed by allot of work that just needs to get done. Those are the days I think about photography allot. I at least improved that situation recently by changing companies to a company that does something with Photography which has helped that part out allot.


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Jan 05, 2007 14:21 |  #62

"the creativity in me that is just dying to get out" - toddb


Thats so true Todd, thats one of the main reasons i changed careers :-)


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Jan 06, 2007 10:31 |  #63

Jason, interesting thread.

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Jan 06, 2007 17:41 |  #64

Thank you so much for sharing. I'm 16 and I'd love to be as sucessful as you one day. I love portraiture and I just spent all afternoon looking through your work. It really inspired me. Thanks.


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Jan 06, 2007 19:13 |  #65

Thankyou, thats so cool, I hope you found something you can try too :-)

If you really like a shot, do it yourself again, see if you can replicate it, once you have replicated it, put your own twist on it and make it yours :-)

My trademark "bodyshots" actually came from a cartoon character (Scooby Doo). From something I saw on one of the episodes...


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Jan 08, 2007 12:42 as a reply to  @ Jason Cole's post |  #66

Jason, fantastic read. Congrats to you and your successes. :)


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Jan 08, 2007 15:32 |  #67

Jason (and everyone):

Jason's story hits upon a REALLY good point. In many cases, the sales/marketing end of things is every bit as important as the photography talent when landing professional work. Not to say that Jason's work isn't stellar, but if you don't have the persistance to sell yourself, you won't get a paid gig no matter how talented you are.

Those of you who have seen my posts know that my photography isn't that great. I've ALWAYS said that I'm, at best, a mediocre photographer, and an okay writer. But I'm a VERY good sales person. :D I'm currently doing regular photo journalism work for 3 different publications.

If the truly talented folks out there every figured out/got the guts to sell themselves, I'd be out of work.


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Jan 18, 2007 01:50 |  #68

Yes thats so true, its 30% photos and 70% marketing.. when I finally worked that out I actually "Gasp" started making a decent Quid from photography... very wise words indeed.


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Nov 08, 2008 21:24 |  #69

I know this thread is older but it's still something worth reading every so often. Newer photographers, or people thinking about becoming photographers can pick up some good information here.

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Nov 08, 2008 21:53 |  #70

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I am at a loss for words.

+1!!! Well sort of lol. All I can say is I think your work is incredible Jason and it was really cool hearing your story. Very respectable.


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Nov 08, 2008 21:56 |  #71

wow, what a great story. Thanks for getting this back up there Jon. I brought Jasons dvd a while back and have taken loads of inspriation from it, I actually have another couple of shoots over the next couple of weekends that are in line with the same type of work. I agree with the 30% 70%, it's actually quite amazing how fast things can escalate with a proven marketing plan and pitch. The biggest hurdle though is picking up the phone!

Kudos Jason, you deserve true happiness in life with the attitude you have. I can almost see butterflies and colourful birds floating around you sometimes ;-)a



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Nov 08, 2008 22:09 |  #72

Damn I had no idea this thread was 2 years old! Lol wow!


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Nov 09, 2008 01:07 |  #73

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Damn I had no idea this thread was 2 years old! Lol wow!

Agreed would have sworn it was last week.


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Nov 11, 2008 15:18 |  #74

Wow two years ago...!

Time sure flies... thanks for all your kind words!


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Nov 13, 2008 21:08 |  #75

I have always loved your work Jason. It is great to see how one of the big dogs got their start.


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