Back when I was a young(er) buck, I used to do a lot of annual report photography for many of the Fortune 500 companies, especially the pharmaceutical and telecom companies….they were all based in Jersey and so was I.
So it was a no-brainer to drive down the Turnpike, show a portfolio, and hopefully snag some work from them. But the above video more or less sums up why I left that world after a few years and went into the low-pay, slow-pay world of editorial travel from the fat-cat world of corporate dayrates.
Yes, those dayrates helped to pay my mortgage and educate my children, but the process nearly drove me out of my mind. Watch the movie, and you’ll get an idea why!
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Jim2 Jul 2010
Enough to make a man pull his hair out. (oop’s)
Jeffrey Chapman2 Jul 2010
OMG. I’ve been on both sides of that! Never again.
Tom3 Jul 2010
Welcome to my world. LOL (I think).
Mike Byrne3 Jul 2010
How long is the recovery period? You should see the looks on corporate faces when I tell them our HR Manual is one sheet of paper printed on both sides.
mike a3 Jul 2010
i went through a similar situation this week, i’m now going to vomit and go on vacation. being poor is becoming more attractive everyday
arun4 Jul 2010
Kirk Tuck4 Jul 2010
You should see the look on their faces when we tell them we charge double for meetings and triple for changes…..
Rich6 Jul 2010
It’s the same process trying to get reporters to assign photographs…I feel your pain…daily.
Jim Green6 Jul 2010
Been there, sat through the meetings, have the memos.
Ron G6 Jul 2010
Just got back from vacation and saw this clip. Now I remember why I went on vacation in the first place, to get away from this kind of stuff.
joe duty9 Jul 2010
really enjoyed your class and most of all your candid way of teaching, Thanks for sharing!
Dana Hess9 Jul 2010
Why this guy gave up wedding photography:
Rory Daniel11 Jul 2010
I have tears of laughter and of frustration running down my face after that!!! I can so relate to that black look on the designer’s face near the end. It says, “how on earth did I get myself into this”.
Having said that, it is a timely reminder to think about this eventuality before I go wading into the next job like this. As the person above said – charge for changes!!
John Verbruggen12 Jul 2010
The video is hilarious! How to make something simple complex and causing it to be total ineffective in the end. When do those big companies getting the point? If you hiring someone external to do a job, let him do his job! Don’t try to do it half by yourself…
Up till now I did’t get much work with a brief. This video makes me feel good about that 😉
Jim12 Jul 2010
Perfect. This is what the world has become.
Albert W Erickson III15 Jul 2010
I plan to keep my day job as an investment banker and continue to pursue my photography hobby on the side. This work makes my job look like a picnic.
Bob15 Jul 2010
Albert: If you need a highly paid and totally unqualified assistant, you know where to find me! cheers, Bob
Brenda Tharp16 Jul 2010
Great ironic video – thanks for sharing it! It’s all too real in my memories of the corporate world, too. STOP – or please pause – you’re killing me!
John A. Fugel17 Jul 2010
OMG! This video captures the essential essence of the hell I recently went through in branding a new energy management company. After six months, my designer partner and I finally came up with a logo the client could live with.
Stationary, business cards, signage, marketing materials, website, video animation. You name it, we designed and produced it.
Three months later, the company was bought out by one of the industry giants. So much for blood, sweat and tears!
Lesson learned: don’t it too seriously and get most of your money up front!
By the way, I hope I wasn’t this hard on you when I was on the client side at New Jersey Bell. You were always great to work with and never failed to come through with great shots for NJB Outlook and NJB Magazine.
Bob18 Jul 2010
John: I remember those days fondly. That was back when we could do creative stuff in the corporate arena! Great to hear from you! cheers, Bob
Aric Hoek26 Jul 2010
OMG. That is so freaking hilarious. It’s so funny as we are starting to get a good amount of requests to do more corporate work here at the studio. Will be passing on this link to a couple of friends.
Rich Gensheimer3 Aug 2010
Glad you escaped. I still live here.