I recently had the wonderful opportunity to speak to a class of photography students at a local college.
Of course, I waited until the last minute to prepare my powerpoint presentation. On the plane.
I thought I hated powerpoint. It's not so bad.
This was the first time I'd spoken alone to a group, last year I spoke on a panel.
Like then, I gave these students my best.
Everyone's path is different, and so unlike other careers, it's hard to tell people the sure way to go.
a couple slides...
I spoke for about 25-30 minutes.
My biggest piece of advice to them was to NOT DO FREE WORK. Ugh, this is so frustrating to me that people do this: it sets a horrible precedent for other photographers, and for them, really. But, I still think being yourself + being kind are probably the most important pieces of advice.
I'm no expert, but I do know that being yourself and being kind matter.