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W: Write/Photograph Unique Jobs O: How to earn $ from it

Postby Flacker » Tue May 17, 2016 6:35 pm

I could use a good brainstorm!!!

I am a writer and photographer who is simply intrigued by people with unique jobs and hobbies. Lately, I've been approaching people I find at random and through friends and photographing a "day in their life" and writing a short story about them. I've photographed an ambulatory veterinarian, a food truck owner, a farmer, and the owner of a green house. And I've got several more people lined up. I've been doing this just for fun, and I absolutely LOVE it! Love it as in I could spend day in and day out doing it, and I'm having a really hard time focusing on my "day job". :D

I'd love to brainstorm ways to turn this personal project into an income stream. (I've been published in several magazines before, but am just not excited about writing/photographing for an editor any more. I want to tell these people's stories the way I see them and experience them.) And besides writing articles or selling the photos here and there, I just can't seem to come up with ideas on how to make money off of this passion of mine. I understand that's ok too. But I'd really love to build a community around this whole "vicarious life" idea and "some day" be able to earn some money from it.

All ideas welcome!!!
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Re: W: Write/Photograph Unique Jobs O: How to earn $ from

Postby SquarePeg » Sat May 21, 2016 8:41 pm

The Hartford Courant (America's oldest continuously published newspaper) ran a weekly series on unusual local jobs for a while. It had more text than photographs. But now that the newspaper is online, they can feature extra images as a online supplement to the printed article. I imagine an editor might be involved, even with an independent contributor.

You could also publish a book. Oh wait, you wanted an income stream. Never mind. ;)

I'll post again if I come up with anything more.
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Re: W: Write/Photograph Unique Jobs O: How to earn $ from

Postby Jason » Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:25 pm

How about formatting them into a series of children's books - showing kids what the day in the life of a _____ is like?
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Re: W: Write/Photograph Unique Jobs O: How to earn $ from

Postby Flacker » Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:01 pm

Thanks for both these ideas! Great ones that I'm going to explore a little more.
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