What do you say about your first love? A love that other’s before you have loved more passionately, and with more reckless abandon than you have, or will? Listening to music, watching films and remembering the way they affected me are some of the earliest memories of my childhood and the ones that have the most profound impact on me as an artist, and as a person. I was blessed to start musical training at a young age, but quickly realized that I lacked the technical savvy to ever be able to fulfill my dreams of being on stage, playing with a band/group, and making a living off of my skill as a musician. But, I found another way I can live my dreams of being on stage in front of thousands of adoring fans, live the life of a touring musician on the road, and getting the rush of a performance: Being a photographer.
Concert photography is something that is going the way of the dinosaur. Magazines, blogs, websites, and other publications and corporations are simply not paying enough, or not paying at all for something that people/photographers will do for free to get their name out, get into the show for free, or a combo of both. From being able to shoot an entire set, to being limited to the “3 song rule”, and even worse, 1 song/30 seconds if you are Beyonce-type status, things are looking down for us shutterbugs. But some old adage’s still apply: Getting to know a band and gaining their trust still holds a lot of value, discovering up-and-coming bands, and doing some pro-bono work, still go a long way in this business and can help you get ahead.
You could shoot these acts for 30 years and never catch a break, or be like many photographers I know that shoot one, mediocre picture of a musician, and it ends up in a huge publication turning your passionate hobby, into a skyrocketing career. You think the record business is shady for musicians? Try being a photographer.