Wichita Falls Artist Teaches How To Leverage Social Media, Making Money as a Photographer and Building a Personal Brand.
The best way to learn, is to teach. I was honored when up and coming photographer Steven Alex Garcia reached and asked if he could take me to coffee (shout out to Odd Duck Coffee in Downtown Wichita Falls, Texas). He wanted to get my thoughts on how to make money as a photographer, building a personal brand, leveraging social media, the law of attraction, and much more.
I turned the cameras on and recorded our lunch date as I knew this would be a valuable conversation.
Key takeaways from our conversation:
02:15 - What made Steven want to reach out to me?
02:45 - How to start? How to actually get something out of our head and put it out there? A: Launch the plane - adjust mid flight.
06:03 - Simeon evaluating the best use of his time for Steady Focused
07:30 - Preparing to go freelance, leaving Hoegger Communications. Accepting foreclosure on his house. Lowering expenses to survive.
08:40 - How did start personal brand? Early years of merchandising.
11:40 - Law of attraction - attracting positivity
13:46 - Using Instagram - Ignore the likes - ignore the views - focus on content - be consistent with what you share
18:45 - Should you use Facebook?
23:00 - Making money as a photographer - How get paid?
40:00 - 5 tips for building a personal brand
1.) Listen to the audience
2.) F*** all the numbers
3.) Show up everyday for two years and don't expect anything
4.) Think long long long game. Focus on the long game
5.) Do it. Fail. Do it. Evaluate. Do it. Adjust it. Keep moving.
6.) Be consistent with what you share
7.) Make the time for it, continually evalute
8.) Have fun
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