DON’TS:

Get lost in negativity


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Yes, times can be tough. Yes, our work is inconsistent and hard to plan around. But you need to remember why you’re in this in the first place. No matter what happens, when the lights raise up and the intro starts to play, have fun doing what you love to do.

Be complacent


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You can always improve on your craft, and you can always find new ways of expanding your talents. Don’t get stuck in doing the same thing over and over again. This is an ever-changing industry; keep up. 

Be afraid to stand up for yourself


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As with any freelance career, there’s a fair amount of gray area when it comes to payment, credit and rights for photographers. Most often, it’s due to miscommunication. Early on, make things as clear as possible. Know your own worth and ask for what you want so there’s no confusion.

Get in the way


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Our job is to be a fly on the wall—see but not be seen. You should never interfere with how a show runs. It’s important to know when you can and can’t stand side stage/onstage, and make sure you have proper clearance. Don’t be remembered for the wrong reasons!

Forget to take care of yourself


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While part of a crew, you help keep the show going—but you’re still a human being. There can be a worsening in mental and physical health, sleep deprivation, and a possibility to develop unhealthy habits while on the road because your daily routine is constantly changing. That makes it so important to be able to find the controllable things in your day to benefit your health. Whether it’s going on a run, getting morning coffee, listening to a podcast or finishing your work early so you can get some rest, it is extremely important to take care of yourself.