Every once in a while, someone will inquire about my services and I’ll leap at the chance to shoot them.
These are The Katydids; a group of women who all have a variation of the name “Kate” who formed their own improv troupe.
In 2011, they contracted me to photograph them. I leapt at the chance for three reasons.
- They are extraordinarily talented women.
- They always seemed to come up with cool ideas for their photos
- They work hard at the business end of show business
Because of those three things, I knew that my image would be used. When you know that its going to be a fun shoot, with fun ideas, you already know that the picture is going to be great ahead of time. -And as I told them, I just wanted to be able to say that I had photographed them.
Because I knew that they would go on to do great things.
Now I know what you’re thinking. There are a lot of people out there who are funny, and who should be doing great things. How can I claim that I knew that The Katydids were going to go on to do great things?
Talent isn’t enough. Great ideas are not enough. Neither of those things can replace the basic concept of working hard at the business end of show business.
The Katydids were constantly promoting their own shows. They updated their headshots, their promotional photos, their bios, and their webpage regularly. They created original content, hired the best people that they could afford, and networked. Each performer chipped in to help out with their expenses. They seemed to divide up the tasks and responsibilities among themselves.
They weren’t just waiting for people to notice them.
They took advantage of new media and kept writing.
…And yes, they were a complete blast to photograph. They didn’t take themselves too seriously. At the same time, they were prompt, professional, and prepared. They gave me their idea ahead of time and respected my creative input. They also made sure I knew what they wanted the final product to look like.
Right now, I know far too many creative people who can do #1 and #2, but can’t seem to do #3. #3 is the hard one. Yes, you can be talented and come up with great ideas, but until you actually tend to the business end… no one will help you out.
Yes, I’m proud to say that I shot them. Yeah, I can’t wait to see what else they do in the future. But its worth noting that they worked their butts off to get there. All the more power to them for pursuing what they love to do.