On Being Professional:
Over the last couple of weeks of trying to book models and photographer assistants for upcoming shoots, it’s become very clear to me why professionals get paid so well.
Many people like to dabble around in a particular field and will claim to be “models” or “photographers”, but when crunch time comes and a job needs to be booked, it’s the professionals who get the job, not the amateurs. Why? It’s not because the amateurs aren’t talented. Many are. I used to be an amateur. That’s how you have to start. It’s because professionals take their jobs seriously and act like professionals before, during and after the job. They provide good communication, good follow up and dedication to their work. That’s what makes them professionals.
This series of experiences has actually helped me understand my own job better because I got a chance to see things from the other side. My clients expect the same kind of professionalism and dedication that I expect from my models and assistants and I am determined to give it to them.
I love my job and I’m damn good at it. I work very hard to make a living doing what I love. And, as long as I love what I do, I will continue to give my best. After all, I’m a professional, too.