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Serious question - who has earned addl business from "exposure" gigs

 
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Oct 27, 2010 20:21 |  #16

Mark1 wrote in post #11177832 (external link)
Exposure is the wrong thing to be looking for. Its all about the opertunity the gig might be able to provide. Exposure is just " Hey look its that guy" -- then they move on. Opertunity is "Lets get that guy for our..." The difference is subtle but distinct. And it can be hard to tell appart.

I skimmed over this and once I posted fully read it. What Mark1 said. It really is the truth.


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Oct 28, 2010 15:48 |  #17

spikeystitch wrote in post #11177973 (external link)
Ive had success for shooting for exposure. I shoot nightlife photography. I started off by doing a few shows at no cost to the promoter. The partons of the clubs and parties loved my work and wanted me to become a regular. Other promotion companies also caught on to my work. Recently I shot a charity party for one of the bigger promoters in the city at no cost to them, I just got a call today saying they will pay my rate going forward in the future. I'm now working with the 4 biggest electronica event promoters in Calgary, making on average of $200 in prints a week and have promo shoots with DJ's/Musicians for weeks to come.

Obviously my success story is a one off, it won't happen to everyone. I seemed to have found people and companies that do believe in quality over quanity as there are tons of emerging event photogs drooling at the chance of stealing my contacts with these promoters, but every single one of the promoters have said they will never use someone else until I either stop doing what I'm doing or I move out of the city.

Might be a rarer story, but it sounds like you did it right. Congrats on the success.


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Oct 28, 2010 16:46 |  #18

I got NONE from the few exposure gigs that I did. Moreover they all came back to me the year after for more free stuff and I had to say no.


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