Many people ask me about the current state of the film production business and print photography. And often business in general. Well, the short answer is – if I knew those answers, I would be in the business of predicting the future (for which I would charge a ridiculously high fee).
In film production, it wasn’t that long ago when it felt like a tight community. A semi exclusive club that was held in somewhat of a higher regard. Respected and respectful. Proud. Entry was earned through dues paid, who you knew, and even the occasional resume got you work. You were the envy of those who aspired to be like you. Those who wanted in asked the questions. How do you do that? How can I be a part of it?
Things are different these days.
Change as they say, whether good or bad, affects everybody’s world in different ways. When change happens, gradually or suddenly, adjustments must be made to continue on. Especially, if you are doing what you love or hope to be doing, but now there are different rules. Read that line again.
It’s easy to blame the technology, the economy, or the new generation. The facts are, the process has been tweaked, the budgets are smaller, and the process is all – different. Yes my friends. It is. I have heard these times described as the most exciting and the most scary – at the same time.
But what are our choices?
I don’t have the answers to what is next. Nobody does. But until they come, I would put this out there to my colleagues. Change for your own better. Adjust your paths as they narrow. Consider alternate revenue streams – now. And expand your view of where you are and where you want to go.
You can still be a part of it or watch it all go by from the next scenic overlook.
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