1) Don't worry about your qualifications or the state of your portfolio. A degree in fine art isn't a requirement to get on the ladder in the world of photography. Most photographers are looking to hire someone who's genuinely interested, polite and willing to work and learn.

2) Make sure your CV is relevant and easy to look at. Your date of birth, spoken languages and a recent photo are important. Keep it short and neat. More than 1 page is too much. An ability to make a good coffee and a clean drivers licence can be very helpful but a detailed account of your time spent working in Tesco for 3 months last summer is not. If a photographer wants to see your work they'll ask.

3) Try to find work in a studio. Studios usually need no more than a pair of hands and a good work ethic. But here you'll learn tons about photography terminology and meet different teams of photographers and assistants everyday. Just being polite, friendly and helpful can lead to bigger things down the line.

4) Look. Learn by watching more senior professionals, there's a right way to do almost everything in photography and 100 wrong ways. It's very easy to do simple things incorrectly in this industry so watching how the older guys do it could save some potential embarrassment when it comes to your turn. 

5) Listen. Find out why things are done in a particular way. There's always a reason.

6) Learn to embrace your failures. Accept that you can only become an expert by making ALL the mistakes and learning from them.

7) Work for free. Prove that you're keen but respect yourself and don't let anyone take advantage. Not all photographers will ask you to work on trial for free but it's good to offer a day or two's work with no charge for the chance to prove yourself.

8) No job is too small. If you can't find something to do you're not doing your job right. Standing around twiddling your thumbs is not a good look on set so always be on the lookout for things that need to be done no matter how small.

9) Be available. You will only need one chance to make an impression so don't deny yourself the opportunities. Cancel plans with friends or get time off your bar job to take up any job offer. By turning down work not only will you come across unreliable but this will also give someone else the chance to take a job that should be yours.

10) Keep your mouth zipped. Your creative opinion is not needed. Yet. If you have an opinion on how a shoot might be looking or if you have a genius idea of how to make it better, keep it to yourself. If it's a glaringly obvious issue, speak to the photographer to the side and not in front of clients. If someone asks you what you think, you think it looks great, even if it looks shite.

11) Respect the photographer/client relationship. Chatting up a client or showing off your own work in front of a photographer is a huge no no.

12) Pay attention to everything. Photography is a visual language that you will become fluent in but only by looking; At everything, all the time.  

13) Lastly. Scouts motto, "Be prepared".                                                                                   

 

 

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