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Visual Serotonin

Posts: 5134

Los Angeles, California, US

As a career path in terms of employment and revenues:

http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/10-w … eer/9.html

Well the ternary sector i.e services is certainly taking it on the chin in this downturn.

Primary (food and energy) and Secondary (industrial and tangible assets production) are faring better, or the services sector that cater to them (i.e engineering/software/mathematics), which are a tiny minority of the ternary.

If I mention Primary, Secondary and Ternary it is simply because the Ternary wouldn't be able to exist without the secondary, and the secondary without the primary.

I guess time to photography models doing instructional videos for 90 tons trucks maintenance, the ones used in tar sands ore hauling smile

Oct 14 12 01:30 am Link

Photographer

Shane Noir

Posts: 2332

Los Angeles, California, US

Visual Serotonin wrote:
As a career path in terms of employment and revenues:

http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/10-w … eer/9.html

Well the ternary sector i.e services is certainly taking it on the chin in this downturn.

Primary (food and energy) and Secondary (industrial and tangible assets production) are faring better, or the services sector that cater to them (i.e engineering/software/mathematics), which are a tiny minority of the ternary.

If I mention Primary, Secondary and Ternary it is simply because the Ternary wouldn't be able to exist without the secondary, and the secondary without the primary.

I guess time to photography models doing instructional videos for 90 tons trucks maintenance, the ones used in tar sands ore hauling smile

But TangibleAssetsProduction Mayhem just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Oct 14 12 01:38 am Link

Photographer

Karl Blessing

Posts: 30853

Grand Rapids, Michigan, US

Seems like if you're trying to get into photography solely for a money making goal, you're in the wrong profession.

Oct 14 12 01:42 am Link

Photographer

Visual Serotonin

Posts: 5134

Los Angeles, California, US

Karl Blessing wrote:
Seems like if you're trying to get into photography solely for a money making goal, you're in the wrong profession.

http://www.newser.com/story/103808/anni … raphy.html

2 million a year.

But she manages to still be broke smile

So the real reason why it's a bad career path?

Oct 14 12 01:46 am Link

Photographer

Karl Blessing

Posts: 30853

Grand Rapids, Michigan, US

Visual Serotonin wrote:
http://www.newser.com/story/103808/anni … raphy.html

2 million a year.

But she manages to still be broke smile

So the real reason why it's a bad career path?

lol, though she makes $2 mil a year... sounds more like poor financial management, but would rather blame it on consumers...

PS: photography as a career, seems like you'd be paid by the job, not by the sale of the images after the fact, unless of course maybe you're an art photographer (Which by god is going to be even harder in my opinion).

Oct 14 12 01:52 am Link

Photographer

KonstantKarma

Posts: 2513

Hickory, North Carolina, US

You mean I'm not going to be a millionaire? :p

Oct 14 12 04:38 am Link

Photographer

Digital Photo PLUS

Posts: 5503

Lorton, Virginia, US

"Likelihood of working retail: 2.6 times average"

LMAO

Oct 15 12 04:41 am Link

Model

Sandra Vixen

Posts: 1010

Los Angeles, California, US

Any major with the noun "porn" in it will always be on the top 3. ;P

Oct 15 12 11:14 pm Link

Photographer

udor

Posts: 22375

New York, New York, US

Visual Serotonin wrote:

http://www.newser.com/story/103808/anni … raphy.html

2 million a year.

But she manages to still be broke smile

So the real reason why it's a bad career path?

The article doesn't mention anything about the actual financial conundrum she found herself in.

She does make all that money, but she went into real estate speculation, I think that the building was in Greenwich Village in Manhattan (or somewhere around there) where a $20 Million (or so) went south and she owed in taxes as well.

That's why she tried to sell here catalog for $25 Million to cover the bills but couldn't.

Oct 16 12 03:02 pm Link

Model

Alabaster Crowley

Posts: 8265

Tucson, Arizona, US

Visual Serotonin wrote:

http://www.newser.com/story/103808/anni … raphy.html

2 million a year.

But she manages to still be broke smile

So the real reason why it's a bad career path?

Rich people problems.

Oct 16 12 04:14 pm Link

Photographer

Eridu

Posts: 623

Boston, Massachusetts, US

College? To learn photography? Why?

Oct 17 12 02:19 pm Link

Model

Paige Morgan

Posts: 4058

New York, New York, US

I think the point they're attempting to make is that filmmaking/photography are a poor choice to get in massive debt to have a degree in, not that they are pointless career paths.

Both degrees are super expensive, and won't guarantee you a better/higher paid position in your field. Clients will either like your work and style or they won't. The primary concern is your vision and portfolio, not the piece of paper.

Creative professions aren't like the business, finance or academic worlds, and the correlation between type and amount of degrees being a direct factor in a bigger, better job isn't nearly as strong.

The only benefit I can think of off hand of having a degree in the arts is that it opens up the option of teaching somewhere down the line, if you so choose.

Honestly, just about any creative would most likely be better off with a degree in business or marketing so they can effectively market/manage their creative endeavors.

I know of tons of super talented folks who perpetually lose out on jobs to less skilled creatives simply because their business skills/fiscal management is piss poor.

(Someone linked to Annie L. above.....amazingly talented, got bit in the ass by poor asset management)

Oct 17 12 04:28 pm Link

Photographer

GH-Photography

Posts: 9421

Jacksonville, Florida, US

Were Number 3!!!
Were Number 3!!!

Oct 17 12 04:39 pm Link