Jul 05, 2012
I really wish people had a clue how how hard I have to work!! I am in the middle of a massive business overhaul with my agency who are supporting the changes and working along side me to create them, people seem to think all I do is paint faces all day.
To date I have reworked my business plan, arranged and created shoots as both make up artist and photographer, dealt with a series of international enquiries and spoken to countless people concerning basic skin care advise, juggling all that with still doing work for clients and trying to explain that I am a business and I work for money not kudos.
Creative expansion and redefining the brand is hard work.
Yeh my life is so glamorous.
I became exhausted reading everything your doing. :) Your right! people don't really understand what is involved in the entire process. They only get to see the end result. They don't see the long hours, working weekends or early morning time spent on trying to execute everything successfully. I believe in this quote " For 2 minutes of glamour it takes 8 hours of work." I'm just glad that we love what we do right?"
Jul 06, 2012
Pamela: I think for me its the total lack of knowledge. I spoke to a recent graduate of make up who wants to assist me and I explained what was happening. Between the phone calls, meetings and all the work I am doing. the attitude was so blaze "I suppose I should start marketing soon."
Personally I find that sad, so many people lack the drive for the job, but get praise for churning out test images every day but have no clue about rates, business or industry. OK a little bit of a rant but I am working hard and doing what I need to do to make my world better when I get a pat on the head and told "thats nice." What?! I work so hard. I will have the whole package because I am working for it. Just a little frustrated when I get dismissed.
I wouldn't still be doing this after 12 years if I didn't love it! I just have a list of things to achieve and working on quality rather than quantity is my goal.
Most people don't seem to look at the realities of this as a business and treat it like a game. Constant streams of photos that lack professional skill seem to be acceptable. Passion and drive are required but so is the hard work at the back of it. Which alot of people don't seem to take in.
Quality control is a major issue that I see alot of. Without the right people the shots don't work.
Pamela your right, I work hard on each new concept and have started to expand on that. Odd occasions like this and a few things I have heard recently really get my goat.
Over the next few weeks I have a plan and some new things coming into place which I am really excited about, its just all the graft that goes with it is a killer and I get annoyed when I am dismissed or I see someone shouting about being professional who has no concept of the true meaning of the word. A pet hate of mine.
On the plus side I get to be creative on my own projects and build the structure with my agent to redevelop my business.
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