Hi there, +Olivier Du Tré
, I was the one who reached out to +Lauren Bath
offline this morning to let her know about your article. I feel that if I actually know someone whose chosen livelihood is being disparaged, even in a passive-aggressive way, they should be aware of it, too, in the event that they want to take the opportunity to retort. I'm glad to see that Lauren has chosen to do so while retaining poise, dignity and professionalism. I haphazardly came across your article thanks to the Google+ hook that allows a commenter to (optionally) create a post with their comment.
In full disclosure, I am actually joining Lauren and a handful of other talented photographers/instragrammers/marketers/social media pundits/artists/whatever you wish to refer to them as next week on a 10-day trip sponsored by an Australian tourism company. So, given that I would be spending an extended amount of time with Lauren and her ilk, I thought it'd be interesting to get her take in advance. I do not know much about how Instagram is used in context with their influencers but I do know a great deal about working closely with influencers here on Google+ as well as being one myself, so my point of view is not unfounded.
Usually, I try to avoid these types of galvanizing posts. They are slanted, often one-sided, and derisive. They do not usually encourage honest debate, despite you expressing it to be your intent, so much as it creates a mob mentality. I don't doubt or deny your frustration. I hear the same thing from many other artists, very visible artists, who simply lament about how the times... they are 'a changin'.
You want to know the key? Well, several keys. None are avoidable or should be regarded as optional.Be adaptable.
If your end game is to earn a living through your passion, understand how the current industry is doing business and adapt accordingly. Unless, of course, you are able to offer a truly disruptive alternative, in which case I wholly encourage your attempts. Another way to look at it is that Lauren and her contemporaries are engaging with companies and agencies in a way that is disruptive to the existing, legacy ways. And she is garnering success, however which way you slice it. So, there is that.Be genuine, humble and kind
. In other words, don't be an asshole. Just be nice to everyone no matter how frustrated you may be on a given day. Admittedly, this is something that I try to work on myself every day given the amount of negativity, contempt and jealousy that is sent my way all. the. time.Be constructive
. Arguably, comparison is the bedrock of your article. That's great. But why? To what end? You're frustrated. I get that. And writing this article will alleviate that how? What constructive solutions did you offer? None. You only managed to galvanize and breed contempt. There is nothing constructive in your article. If you want to grow and excel, you need to be constructive and be open to receive constructively.Be the best version of yourself
. I know, totally hokey. But if you're looking to get paid in any meaningful way for your work or your services, be the best you
. I've recently been in the process of buying a new home. The one phrase that I heard from selling agents more than any other is, "_Come with your best offer_". That phrase has a lot of substance beyond this costly transaction. If you're soliciting yourself or your work in any capacity, whether it's for commission or to gain credibility as a respected resource in our social channels, be the best of yourself and put out work that you are proud of. And the kicker is that this isn't limited to your photography/art. It should extend to your writing, ramblings, and muses. We have enough derisive trolls on the internet - there is no need to add to that stinking, flaming pile.
I hope you take my missive to heard, Olivier. I have absolutely no intent to demean or ridicule you in any way. Just as you felt compelled to write your piece, I feel the same way to write mine, if only to help anyone else reading. I appreciate your time.