So You Want To Work With Me #5: Have A Plan
Maybe you discovered me via my website, or my Flickr feed. Maybe you ran across my name in a SL group, or just stumbled across my SL profile. What’s important is that you — a photographer or producer — found me, and now you’re interested in using me as talent in your art.
Let me say at the outset that I’m incredibly flattered by your interest and I do not take it for granted. Before you reach out to me, though, I want to give you a few tips, in the form of this series of short posts, to help ensure that our relationship not only gets off on the right foot, but remains positive and constructive through the completion of your project (and, hopefully, beyond). I want to work with you and help you be successful, and I make these suggestions in that spirit.
It's a safe bet that after you introduce yourself as a photographer or producer who's interested in working with me, the very first question I'm going to ask you is, "What do you have in mind?" I'm not looking for you to share a fully-fleshed-out, meticulously-storboarded concept (though it's certainly to your credit if you've put together such a thing!); rather, I'm just trying to get a high-level feel for your project. This lets me quickly determine whether it's something that I'm interested in working on, and it also gives me an idea of what the project is going to require of me (in terms of time and possibly Lindens invested in wardrobe).
Some examples of good answers to, "What do you have in mind?":
"You might have seen some of the pictures I've been posting to Flickr lately, in which naked girls get caught and molested by evil anime tentacles. Would you be interested in posing for the series?"
"I'm doing a fashion shoot for (magazine), and I'd love to include some shots of you modeling some skimpy clothes from the featured merchant."
"I'm inspired by this video (link to something on Redtube). I'd like to try recreating it in Second Life, and I think you'd be perfect for (role). Interested?"
Some examples of bad answers to, "What do you have in mind?":
"I don't really have anything specific in mind, I'd just love to get you into my studio sometime."
One last note. I love to collaborate with photographers and producers on ideas for shoots and films, so please don't take it badly if, brimming with enthusiasm for your project, I make some suggestions. In return, I promise I won't take it badly if you apologetically tell me that my suggestions aren't in keeping with your vision for the project.