Well, my fears are beginning to diminish in leaps and bounds.
Tomorrow we are getting the floors a much needed refinishing. Step one before being able to move any furniture in. Unfortunately the holiday season did not allow us to do anything major in the new studio. However there has been some accidental networking. By accidental I mean it was a natural occurrence in the back and forth flow of conversation.
As I mentioned, I am going to be sharing the space with an audio engineer and a videographer. We have not yet begun moving into the space but I have been talking to people about my intentions during regular conversations. The natural curiosity is why would I want to open a photo studio if I already have a tattoo studio. Natural question and one I'm happy to discuss. Once they find out the what and why people seem to get it. Here's where it gets interesting and where it start allaying my fears.
A neighboring business asked if we (collectively as a trio) do commercials. He is interested in promoting his business online through social media and is thinking of creating a short commercial he can post as needed. With our collective backgrounds and experience a project like that would be a piece of cake.
I mentioned this encounter to another acquaintance of mine in passing and he pipes up that he has a friend who owns a small business and that would be ideal for him. Hmm...
Fast forward two weeks and another conversation today with a guy from the marketing department of Pitney Bowes perked up his ears. Not only can he use our services but he has a friend who has a thriving 3D printing and prototyping company who would be very interested in our services as well.
We're not yet operational and we are already starting to get these great business leads. I can't describe how good it feels to hear this kind of talk. I have never gone into a business cold before. For me it has always been a natural extension from one state to another. With my graphic design (eons ago) it was from working for someone else to gaining some sound leads and customers before branching out on my own. I moved into self employment that already came with customers. The same was true with my tattoo business. I had built a strong following before I ever opened up my own shop. The photography business is the only one where I do not have a large client base already in place. I have a large student base but I can't rely on that to survive.
However, as I am quickly finding out, I have a large network base to use as a resource and that may prove to be far more valuable than I originally gave it credit for. So, on top of illustrator, piercer, photographer and graphic designer I'll be adding on the title of art director. Who knows.
Anyhow, in three day's time we'll have the floors finished in the new place. Then we'll do some painting and minor carpentry work. Once that's done it's moving in furniture, equipment and getting things organized.
On a side note; I am looking to set up a small corner of the studio with a semi-permanent video stage for me to record Lightroom tutorials. I am looking to put my Lightroom Intensive curriculum on video. I'll post some as they get produced. I've been getting my notes together these past two weeks in preparation for filming. Which is another learning step for me.
And if that's not enough... I'm heading back to college this spring semester to take a class on digital painting.
Well, that's it for this update.