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L A F

Posts: 8390

Davenport, Iowa, US

Looks like this week doesn't want to treat me nice either.

I applied for a job, did two interviews for said job, and got a letter in the mail today telling me I'm over qualified and they've decided to pursue other candidates.

I don't have the experience for a 9-5, and I'm over qualified for retail.  I don't have references from a boss since I've been freelancing for the past 5 years.  I feel like I'm up the shit creek without a paddle.

So for now, I have to make the photography work.  So I'm retouching some old shoots so I have new work to post (the winter is all boudoir and I can't post that)...maybe, just maybe, I can drum up some business.

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q82/ChicagoNix/secondshooting_zps29f24862.jpg

Luckily, I have some good ones to post. 

And I have two weddings this weekend, and a shoot with one of my favorite families, so if all goes well I can make it through the next month without too much problem.

Lets hope next week gets better and things start picking up.  I need the distraction and the money.

Mar 21 13 04:17 pm Link

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Zebadiah _MI

Posts: 13380

Ann Arbor, Michigan, US

you might have done this already, but have you googled how to approach interviews that you're overqualified for?


even though they sent you a no, you could call and discuss why you think you'd be a good fit

Mar 21 13 05:03 pm Link

Photographer

L A F

Posts: 8390

Davenport, Iowa, US

Zebadiah _MI wrote:
you might have done this already, but have you googled how to approach interviews that you're overqualified for?


even though they sent you a no, you could call and discuss why you think you'd be a good fit

I do need to Google that.  I've only applied for one retail job, and it was that one because you get your schedule a month in advance which means I could still do photo work.

I need to focus on office work, the typical 9-5, but it's frustrating.  I need to upsell myself for some jobs, and undersell myself for others.  But you're right, researching it would be good, I need to nail interviews in the future.

Mar 21 13 05:12 pm Link

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Carle Photography

Posts: 9227

Oakland, California, US

Why can't you book boudoir in the spring and summer?

Mar 21 13 08:26 pm Link

Photographer

L A F

Posts: 8390

Davenport, Iowa, US

Death of Field wrote:
Why can't you book boudoir in the spring and summer?

I'm not saying I can't, I have a boudoir shoot in about 3 weeks, it's just not my major business at this point.  I do weddings year round, senior portraits year round, basically everything year round...just some seasons are more prone to a certain kind of shoot.  Now that spring is hitting, so will senior portraits since they want to get in their shoots before graduation.

Mar 21 13 08:50 pm Link

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Carle Photography

Posts: 9227

Oakland, California, US

Laura Ann - Fashion wrote:

I'm not saying I can't, I have a boudoir shoot in about 3 weeks, it's just not my major business at this point.  I do weddings year round, senior portraits year round, basically everything year round...just some seasons are more prone to a certain kind of shoot.  Now that spring is hitting, so will senior portraits since they want to get in their shoots before graduation.

Ahhh...

You're a smart woman...
smile

Just keep plugging away at it.
Try to gain some local press or interviews.

It is pretty much free advertising.

Mar 21 13 08:56 pm Link

Photographer

GoldRoseMedia

Posts: 2938

NORTH BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, US

You're just in a really shitty market.

You obviously have tremendous talent. Frankly I think you are probably a little too good for the market you are in. You need to be in a place where there are a larger number of people who appreciate (and are able/willing to pay for) quality work.

What would you do in a 9-5 office job anyway? Those jobs are slow death for creative types.

Mar 21 13 09:12 pm Link

Photographer

L A F

Posts: 8390

Davenport, Iowa, US

GoldRoseMedia wrote:
What would you do in a 9-5 office job anyway? Those jobs are slow death for creative types.

Pay bills.

I don't want to be taking another job, but if it means I have my weekends open to shoot, then that's what I need to do.

I want to relocate soon, but I can't without the money.  So I take another job for a year, do photography and a normal job, save up cash, and then get the hell out of dodge.

Mar 21 13 09:25 pm Link