All posts tagged Business Management

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Trimming the Fat: Tips For Staying On Budget

For producers, one of our biggest responsibilities is to manage the budget on shoots. This takes resourcing, planning, flexibility, creativity — and the ability to anticipate and adjust in moments notice.

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Beware the Dreaded 404 Error

As an SEO consultant, I’m frequently asked, “What steps can I take to improve the ranking of my website on Google?” There are more than 200 “signals” that Google analyzes in its algorithm, and that number climbs constantly. The key…

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The top ten most important roles of a photo agent

Question: What does a photography agent actually do for their artists? When The Lab first approached me to write a blog post titled “A Day in the Life of a Photography Agent” I thought it was a great idea. Well,…

Generation Hustle: Working Your Angles

These days sometimes it seems like the only people working are either those who were born with silver spoons in their mouths or those who became successful before the economic crash. Becoming successful in the arts is “an ambition that,…

To Rep, or Not To Rep: That Is The Question

Question: What makes some artists work well with reps while others don’t use them at all? You must have strong work that reflects what is being commissioned for the marketplace, but you should also be well organized and comfortable negotiating….

On Top of the Plateau

An introduction to the “Generation Hustle” blog series, which intends to be an all-encompassing look at what many young, talented photographers of this generation are struggling with in this economic climate and age of technology. I’m in my pajamas with…

3 Steps to Cut Back On Overwhelming Marketing Tasks

Question: I try to be as active as I can in the photography community, but I also have assignments to complete and marketing to attract new business. What are some areas I can cut back on or add in (such…

8 Must-Haves for Your Next Professional Contract

Question: What are the key “ingredients” or criteria to always have in any contract, even simple ones? When a photographer creates a professional contract, whether it’s an invoice or an estimate, it is very important that it be clearly written…

How to Manage a Team (Without Becoming a Full-Time Manager)

Question: Is it possible to run a multi-person business and still do some of the creative work, or do you have to become a full-time administrator? Typically, the purpose of hiring more teammates (assistants, studio managers, junior photographers, etc.) is…

Should Illustrators Plan a Back-Up Career?

Question: I’m concerned about the future of illustration. I love illustrating, but I’m afraid that if the company I work for goes under I won’t be able to make a living illustrating. I feel like it would be in my…