to Writers about money, Parlays straight into the rest of the creative world like us photographers. I found this article on the Whatever blog via APE this morning, and it’s a pretty good one. 10 bits on writers(artists) and money. They are all really great points, a lot of which I live by.
Point number 8 though, he talks about not living in LA/NY/SF unless you have a compelling reason. For me, having moved to LA was a beneficial one(besides the ridiculous cost of living), especially in the start of my career. Funny enough, I haven’t actually worked much here. Most of my work has been in other places of the world. The great thing here is access, energy, great weather, great locations. Production access here is amazing. You can get anything any time, gear at midnight, access to great models. Another great thing is being able to mesh with other amazing talent. Not that you can’t in any other city, but it’s just easier here. The best of the best typically mecca here or NY to further their careers. Why? Because of the opportunities in this city. You can rub elbows with the best of the best. I can’t say I love the city as a city like my first born child, but it has more pluses than minuses. One of them is driving the PCH at sunset. One of the most breathtaking parts of this place.
That said, I’m not saying you have to be here to make it, but it helps in the development process. I know very successful photographers who do it well (Chase Jarvis) without living in a mecca city. I don’t think I could live here for the rest of my life. I just know it has benefited me thus far. With the digital era revolutionizing photography right now, it ups the anti for talent. I think being surrounded in competitive talent it pushes one to perform at a higher level, as well as have more access to the things that will help get you there.
After all… It’s all about MAKING BETTER PICTURES!