Hi. You just graduated college. Congratulations! Con-GRAD-ulations!
I also asked my co-workers, and here's what I got:
"If you want to get into the arts ALWAYS SAY YES. People are going to be like "Uh, do you want to come carry stuff on this shoot?" FUCK YEAH I DO. Always, even if you are not actively learning stuff, there is so much downtime on shoots and installations etc that you meet so many people and those people give you jobs. I worked mad jobs for free at first, assisting artists and photographers. After awhile I started getting paid. If you want to be a photographer, introduce yourself as a photographer. Or whatever you want to be. Never be like "uh im a hostess and i take photos sometimes" NOPE I'm a photographer. Here is my Vistaprint Business Card. When they call you to do a job you have never done before be like, yes of course my day-rate is $400 (You will probably get $250, but don't be cunty about it)." -- Olivia
"Get an internship in college and do an amazing job. If they love you, they'll probably do their best to find a position for you when you graduate. (I started working the Monday after my graduation at the company where I'd spent the semester interning.)" -- Daisy
"I have been sitting in on entry-level interviews lately and myyyyyyy goodness.
It is okay to have a personality! It's a good thing, really. If I interview another scared-to-death candidate, I will cry in sympathy for them. Personality helps me remember you." -- Marianne
What advice would you give? I'd love to be able to point college grads to this link so they could read all your awesome advice!
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