This last 12 months have made me rethink my aims for the future. If I want to enjoy what I do I’m going to have to stop thinking about final goals and just enjoy the process.
I’m not enjoying the process as much these days because I’ve been obsessed about keeping up with everyone else and worrying about how much money I’ve been making. It’s making me ruthless about projects, bored of the ‘only create for cash’ mentality and stopped me working with a lot of people. And I’ve had enough of it.
My goal for 2014 is to create images with as many talented people as I possibly can using a whole range of new designs and capsule collections I will be creating throughout the year. I will be concentrating on fashion, concept, styling and editorial.
Because my aim is to build on the results in my portfolio I will be lending my designs in exchange for final images or editorial to people I think are going to be able to add to my portfolio or best show off my work. And of course the feeling has to be mutual.
But because I am lending for ‘free’ the results have to be good quality. The time, effort and expense that goes into producing designs is at least as much as the effort put in by any photographer, model, hairstylist or MUA.
I am therefore looking for mutual consent to work for images or editorial space in return for results that will get us noticed. Whilst it would be great to be paid, I am a designer of less than 2 years trying to boost my company on limited funds and frustrated by the current state of our industry and the economy in general. Refusing TF is harming my brand.
If you want to be paid, I cannot help you. But if your passion for what you do makes you sometimes want to work for a mutual exchange of talents, then drop me a line.
In a world where TF seems to rule I’d rather have quality images in my portfolio than nothing at all. Join me or not. I am open to collaboration and keen to expand my imagination, my knowledge and my experience.