It has been one week since the RIT Photojournalism class visited New York and I feel like a sponge absorbing all the information and advice after talking to some of the top publications and organizations in the field.
- Be self motivated, take pride in your work, practice makes perfect, do things that you want to do, and above all, follow your dreams.
- Give editors options, take every assignment seriously, no matter how stupid and tedious it may be. Deliver more than what is expected of you.
- Learn to differentiate yourself, make yourself irreplaceable. Be the author of your own stories. You’re only limited by how far you choose to limit your ideas.
The photo industry is constantly changing and there are multiple ways to be involved and apart of this transformation. Collaboration and curiosity is key in being successful in this industry. We are problem solvers and risk takers. We live in a fast paced world where we race from one thing to another, rarely sitting still. We must be curious about the world and those in it.
Every publication we met with gave us a huge perspective on how they see the industry moving forward. Knowing how to shoot stills is simply not enough, you have to be a jack of all trades. Roles such as a social media editor did not exist 10 years ago. New roles and positions are opening right and left. This is an exciting time for visual journalism and journalism in general. We must keep an open mind in regards to our story ideas. Stories can be found everywhere, not just internationally.
There are so many talented photographers and storytellers in the world, so what makes you different from the rest? When applying for an internship it is important to keep these thoughts in mind. Employers want to hire someone that is humble, flexible, and ultimately irreplaceable. This is a small community where everyone knows everyone. A small mistake can result in huge outcomes. Be honest with yourself, others and of course your work.
The world is our oyster, there are endless opportunities out there for each and everyone of us.