Anonymous said: I super love your photos! You're my inspiration! Where do you work? or what did you do after college? Last, any tips for confused-fresh-grad like me who wants to pursue photography but I can't apply photography internships because I'm broke.. Do I need to find stable office job first? Thank you so much. I/we really appreciate your efforts to response to your readers'questions thank you so much! :*
Thank you so much! Your question really made me think ‘cause I’m not even successful to know the right thing to do haha! Gosh please don’t blame me if my advice didn’t go well. Hahaha! I’ll just answer based on what I’ve experienced or noticed.
I still do freelance work, but I’ve also been staying at Xander Angeles’ studio (Edge of Light) for almost a year I guess. What I did after college was get enough sleep, can you imagine being sleep-deprived for four years? Haha! But seriously, what I did was apply as for an internship because it was a good training experience especially if your mentor will really let you shoot, unless you have your own studio then that’s easier! A lot of X-deal work was offered after I graduated and I was like “isn’t it time for me to earn now?” haha! Of course I wanted to earn money but I just can’t imagine myself doing anything aside from photography. But when you’re starting, you just have to say “yes” to almost anything for exposure. I suggest, that if you love doing something else as much as you love doing photography, something that can pay you regularly, then choose the other option (for now). There are lots of other successful photographers who didn’t choose photography first, like Jay Tablante and Doc Marlon.
I think you really have to start applying as an intern at first for practice, then you still have to build your own name by getting published, but publications don’t really pay big. After that, clients from advertising will start to notice you and that’s how you’ll start earning. I am actually having a hard time when it comes to being stable, if only i could do something else aside from photography, something that I enjoy as much, but nah. Haha! It kinda makes me sad sometimes, but I just trust Him to direct my steps. Also, it’s just my opinion, its better if you decide, ask for guidance, maybe you’ll come up with a better strategy :) Good luck with your career! God Bless!