MAGGIE’S TOP TIPS
1. Find a project and work on it over a long period of time. Spend time on it, learn about it, see new things, have different experiences, find a theme or a focus that is more interesting. Be an explorer. 2. Learn your markets. If you want to publish, find out which magazines or sites would use your photos. Will they pay? Look at print and online magazines, newspapers and websites of everything from radio to TV to networks and visual sites. What do they use? Have they published a similar story recently? If you want to exhibit, you have to learn about the art world. 3. Be patient. The best stuff happens when you practise patience and have a true deep interest in something. If you don’t spend time, your work will remain superficial and you won’t achieve anything new or different. 4. Learn about the business. Examine contracts carefully. Don’t be afraid to ask about budgets. What will your pay cover, is it a fee or do you pay your expenses? What usage does the pay cover? 5. Be kind, be generous. You don’t have to give your ideas away, and you shouldn’t, but this is a very competitive business and those who show grace throughout their careers last much longer. Be willing to listen and be easy to work with. Don’t let your ego take over when you have successes. Understand that picture editors are the unsung heroes of the publishing world. They determine our success and they do battle for our work. Respect them.