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Old 10-04-2014, 10:33 AM
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Re: I am DONE

Practice, practice, practice. Also, don't sell yourself short. E-commerce, for he most part, is outsourced as it requires no knowledge or skill.
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Old 10-04-2014, 11:51 AM
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Practice, practice, practice. Also, don't sell yourself short. E-commerce, for he most part, is outsourced as it requires no knowledge or skill.

Thanks Skoobey,

But that is the thing i couldn't land even e-commerce job for a YEAR
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Old 10-04-2014, 01:29 PM
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Practice, practice, practice. Also, don't sell yourself short. E-commerce, for he most part, is outsourced as it requires no knowledge or skill.
That's not entirely true. There are many shops that photograph and publish things to on a very tight turnaround, and they are located in major metropolitan areas.
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Old 10-05-2014, 06:48 PM
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Re: I am DONE

Relax, ease back.

Even if you love doing something, you might get tired of it after a certain amount of time working. Been there, done that. After six months it got better. Or was it close to a year, I cannot recall, fact is, I needed that time away doing something else. You need perspective and the best way to get more of it is to step back for a while.

There is a ton of industries which suffer the advances in technology, namely cheaper tools, faster turnaround times, cheap workforce and so on. You cannot compete on quantity, hence the only way is to find a small area of expertise which makes you kind of unique or at least hard to find a replacement once someones has commited to your services.

One thing I've learned is that resume and portfolio are not the only things that count in a long run. It's also what kind of a person you are, even if you sit behind the desk all day. I mean, I know plenty of really mediocre photographers rolling in a brand new Mercedes because they are very nice, communicative and overally kind people and 'know how to do business'. I'm not advocating that kind of path, god forbid, but it's just about finding the sweet spot between working your ass off and feeling pragmatic about your career.

Chaikovsky007 - Retouching shops need people all of the time, you just need to have a portfolio showing certain skills. Like skoobey said, practice, be as objective as possible, inspect your work after a few days to have a better perspective. I consider this particular business hard as it involves a rather closed industry, there's no clear career path as with IT (you can easily apply with a success for a 70k £ a year job online, a matter of a desired portfolio, with retouch - you have to know where to look).

Put simply, give yourself some time.
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Old 10-05-2014, 11:58 PM
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Network. Almost all the good fortunes I have had, have been through knowing someone or being one person removed. And likewise, I don't hire assistants from the 'phone book'. Rather I ask my colleges for a recommendation or I look at my LinkedIn for someone I have a shared connection with.

I know networking sounds cheesy and contrived, but I think in its best light it isn't; it's actually very natural. People love to get to know other people who work in their industry, and people like to help people. Get involved with ASMP if you are in the US and volunteer for events. Apply for entry level retouching positions and if you are good, they will certainly move you to higher level projects in no time. Look up some professionals in your area and ask for a consultation; if they like your work, they might try to hook you up with some people.

Hiring someone 'cold' is very risky. Expand your network and in the meantime learn to paint, draw and photograph.
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Old 10-06-2014, 12:56 AM
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Re: I am DONE

I agree and Insmac and kk. Good work is not enough - you have to be OUT there. Luck beats talent every day of the week and unless you put yourself about, increasing your chances of a lucky break, your skills will remain a secret!
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Old 10-06-2014, 05:20 AM
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Wow, thanks for your time guys, i really appreciate your advice!
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Old 10-06-2014, 04:20 PM
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Re: I am DONE

There is a lot of good advice in this thread. One thing I do know though is that the OP had many years' experience, and at least some was working at a retouching shop in Toronto. I doubt any of the 'practise' and 'network' advice applies to him.
Anyways Heretic - if you do come back and read this, good luck to you in whatever you do next.


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