It all started on Facebook. I joined a private Facebook group for students of a CreativeLive class taught by the incredible Jasmine Star. The group was full of photographers who were all looking for the same thing: a safe place to share their weaknesses and to be built up by a supportive community.
I can't tell you how many times I saw comments like this, "I just LOVE this group!!! You all are amazing! Where has this community been all of my [email protected]!"
So I started looking around. Surely there had to be other places out there where photographers can get the support they need. I didn't expect to find that there is not a single podcast where photographers of all levels of expertise to come together and encourage one another. Where they can honestly talk about the ups and downs of owning a business.
Needless to say, I fell head over heels for this uniquely amazing group of professionals and I felt an all-consuming desire to replicate this for photographers all over the world.
So I had to ask...
Would you be interested in a weekly podcast where you could get advice on how to grow your photography business?
— Kat Eltzroth (@5figphoto) June 26, 2015
Just like that, a show was born.
So this is how it works. It's your show. You ask the questions, and you set the direction of the program. And you make the show popular because you are ready to have open, honest & shame-free conversations about owning your own photography business.
The Photography Business School Podcast is successful because it doesn't accept the, "fake it 'til you make it" mentality and neither do you. We all need a network of professionals to invest in us so that we can grow. We also have a responsibility to share what we've learned so that someone else can be blessed by our experience.
Now I need your help. The success of this program has shown me how many people are looking for conversations like these. It's also shown me how expensive it is to produce and distribute quality content. Each episode of The Photography Business School Podcast takes a lot of man-hours and racks up some sizable costs for web hosting and other infrastructure.
I've looked at advertising options, but I'd rather give that influence to the people that matter most to this program: the listeners.
I chose Patreon for my campaign because it makes it easy for you to particiapte at any level your comfortable with, without any commitment. You can change or cancel your donation at any time. Every bit helps. Even $1 a month can make a serious difference.
No matter what, the show will still be available to you at no cost. Please don't feel pressured or guilty if you can't participate, or don't want to. Rating the show on iTunes is another way you can help if money is tight.
Thank you so much for joining me in changing the culture so photographers can thrive :) If open, honest, shame-free conversations about photography business matter to you, I hope you'll consider donating to keep it going.