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Jamie Retouch

Posts: 8

London, England, United Kingdom

Networking Tips for Newbie?
(post title has an exclamation mark, but I am actually asking a question =[ sorry about that)


Hey everyone!

Any advice for the retoucher new to MM? What would you suggest in terms of networking and finding people to collab with?

PM's, casting calls, tags?

I didn't want to dive in messaging/networking in case there is a specific approach, or etiquette so to speak, that a retoucher tends to follow on MM?

How do let someone know you'd like to work with them without offending their photographic skills or for a model, their look?

Thanks!

Nov 12 12 06:27 pm Link

Retoucher

Krunoslav Stifter

Posts: 3883

Santa Cruz, California, US

Couple of very important points.

1.) Don't do social, be social. Who you are communicates far more elegantly than what you do. So invest in becoming a better more attractive person instead of becoming the same person with better communication skills. I hope you can understand the difference.

2.) If you don't implement what you read and hear, it does not count. It's useless. After you have an insightful Aha! moment, before its replaced by the next one you have to act upon it or it will do you know good. Understanding something intellectually is only the first step, but if you don't go out and do it and test it, you might as well not read anything at all. Simple as that.

First step is, aha now I get it > second step is testing it, acting upon it > and than you reach transformation, you start seeing things differently and you start thinking differently. You value things you did not before and you see opportunities where there were non before. And you need that mind set to be able to keep up with the ever more competitive world.

...here are few links that should get you started.

http://nataliataffarel.tumblr.com/post/ … 32/charles

http://www.modelmayhem.com/education/po … -retoucher

http://nataliataffarel.tumblr.com/post/ … 547/client

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_to_Win … nce_People

http://freelanceswitch.com/

BTW. using MM for networking is a bit late in the game. No too late, but it's not what it used to be and it's unfortunately slowly but surely dying off. To compensate for that loss you need to leverage social media, because it's word of mouth on steroids. And social media, whether it's Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, LinkedIn or YouTube is about farming not hunting. It's about cultivating relationships that matter, not looking for the next person to shoot and frame and put on your living room wall as a trophy. It's not about likes or followers, it's about marriage not one night stand. Simply put; focus on how to be social, not on how to do social. Oh and email is still strong and healthy. smile

Nov 13 12 12:28 am Link

Retoucher

Jamie Retouch

Posts: 8

London, England, United Kingdom

Thanks for your reply and the advice! Great port btw - I love the Freckles image - brilliant!

Nov 14 12 08:06 am Link

Retoucher

Krunoslav Stifter

Posts: 3883

Santa Cruz, California, US

Jamie Retouch wrote:
Thanks for your reply and the advice! Great port btw - I love the Freckles image - brilliant!

Thanks smile

Nov 14 12 10:02 am Link

Model

Tony Collins

Posts: 47

Tampa, Florida, US

Krunoslav-Stifter wrote:
Couple of very important points.

1.) Don't do social, be social. Who you are communicates far more elegantly than what you do. So invest in becoming a better more attractive person instead of becoming the same person with better communication skills. I hope you can understand the difference.

2.) If you don't implement what you read and hear, it does not count. It's useless. After you have an insightful Aha! moment, before its replaced by the next one you have to act upon it or it will do you know good. Understanding something intellectually is only the first step, but if you don't go out and do it and test it, you might as well not read anything at all. Simple as that.

First step is, aha now I get it > second step is testing it, acting upon it > and than you reach transformation, you start seeing things differently and you start thinking differently. You value things you did not before and you see opportunities where there were non before. And you need that mind set to be able to keep up with the ever more competitive world.

...here are few links that should get you started.

http://nataliataffarel.tumblr.com/post/ … 32/charles

http://www.modelmayhem.com/education/po … -retoucher

http://nataliataffarel.tumblr.com/post/ … 547/client

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_to_Win … nce_People

http://freelanceswitch.com/

BTW. using MM for networking is a bit late in the game. No too late, but it's not what it used to be and it's unfortunately slowly but surely dying off. To compensate for that loss you need to leverage social media, because it's word of mouth on steroids. And social media, whether it's Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, LinkedIn or YouTube is about farming not hunting. It's about cultivating relationships that matter, not looking for the next person to shoot and frame and put on your living room wall as a trophy. It's not about likes or followers, it's about marriage not one night stand. Simply put; focus on how to be social, not on how to do social. Oh and email is still strong and healthy. smile

This is brilliant.  Excellent advice.  I'm taking this "Aha moment" and running with it as well.  Thank you.

Nov 16 12 04:27 pm Link

Retoucher

Oliver Retouch

Posts: 11

Chicago, Illinois, US

Krunos always provides solid advice!

Nov 22 12 09:59 am Link