Lady Gaga, following her Best Original Song Academy Award win in 2019, said: "If you have a dream, fight for it. There's a discipline for passion. And it's not about how many times you get rejected… it's about how many times you stand up and are brave and you keep on going."
That's as true for making a career in the photography business as it is for succeeding as a performer. Getting your foot in the door and becoming established in this competitive world can be a challenge. However, there are several ways you can increase your chances of getting work in the industry.
During a discussion at the 2021 Canon Student Development Programme, experienced industry figures gave invaluable advice on pitching for work. The panel members behind How To Get Hired as a Photographer: Insights from the Industry were Canon Ambassador and photojournalist Gulshan Khan; photo editor-in-chief and staff photographer at Danish newspaper Politiken, Thomas Borberg; Global Editor at Reuters Pictures, Rickey Rogers; and The Guardian's Head of Photography, Fiona Shields.
Drawing on their own experiences and lengthy careers, these experts provided key insights on how to set yourself apart from the competition and how to put forward a memorable pitch that will help you get hired.