the fallen empire
model: berkley clayborne
photography by Steven Kowalski
That I should have started putting light sabers in my work way sooner.
In all seriousness, the best advice I could give people is to not rush defining yourself as a professional. As soon as you pop up a website/facebook page that says <Your Name> Photography, your brand, name, and work become one. If you feel your work sucks, realize that’s your name/reputation on the line. Furthermore, once you establish yourself as a “professional”, why would any (real) studios hire you when they’d essentially be hiring a (wannabe) competitor. I’m kind of in that position as we speak. I’m pushing hard to get into commercial work - but don’t have any experience working at a commercial studio. The whole idea of getting work on that level is completely foreign to me because I’ve never been an intern. Lastly, if you rush into becoming a “pro” you’ll essentially be forced into a situation where you take gigs that you don’t want to do (assuming you have bills to pay like me). It’s like training your entire life to be a sushi chef then getting a job at a Greek restaurant.