A few years ago myself and Kent Kerschner with a few others tried to start an Association to help rodeo photographers. We shuttered it because rodeo shooters couldn’t be bothered.
My reasoning behind it was to start the rodeo equivalent of Sports Shooters. I was new to the craft after having done video for years and wanted to learn.
Others wanted to start the association because of issues similar to what is being brought up here. People taking us for granted and or stealing from us. Granted not as bad as it is today but you could see the writing on the walls as to what the future would bring.
Too many people treat the business like they did in the old days when they thought a handshake was good. Well that sure isn’t working out today is it? Rodeo has become a business, if you treat it the same way you did 15+ years ago you will not be respected. If the people you are dealing with want it all for free then just tell them you are a professional and only shoot professional events, thank them and walk away.
In my opinion, if someone is stealing from you say nothing to them. Or to the association or to their friends. Sue them, that is why there are Federal and often state laws to protect us as professionals and as artist. If you know someone who is plastering their stuff all over Facebook then they are not a professional. The wedding pro’s I follow put teaser shots up, especially on Instagram, then little else. We as rodeo folks should follow suit. Don’t try to change the want to be. Let them ride on.
I don’t say much, and wont. I wish you all luck, but a reminder to all. At the end of the day this is a business, treat it as such.
Escape, It is hard growing up trailer park trash. Especially in an oil patch. Sure my friends who were smart headed to college, but, when you do just enough to get by the grades normally show it. The friends who didn’t want to go to college headed to the patch. Not an easy life being the low man on the rig. Sure the money is good, the beer is cold and the drugs are easy, but the work is dangerous and grueling.
Me, I took the easy way and joined the Army. It wasn’t the Navy so I wouldn’t run into my dad. I wasn’t Navajo so the Marines were not my cup of tea. The Air Force was cool but didn’t want to talk to me until after I was 18. But the Army, what can I say the recruiter was hot.
The first of the 7 attributes us Endurance. Running your own business is not a sprint. It is a marathon. It is not 26.2 miles, more like 26.2 years. Are you and your family ready for the long days and short nights? Every business is different and mileage may vary.
When you are running your own business, there are lots of troubles you have to deal with. Many of them are large and can ruin your business in a matter of seconds. The problem with most troubles, they are self-inflicted. Continue reading “Entrepreneur Troubles”
So Luis Blanco is out with a broken ankle from round 1. Guilherme Marchi is out with a torn MCL, Wallace Oliveira is taking his place. Robson Palermo is out with a sprained neck and will be replaced with Tyler Harr. Alexandre Cardozo broke his C6-7 and T5 vertebrate and of course is out, at least six week. He will be replaced with Jay Miller.
Bucking Horses. There has been a lot of interest in bucking bulls and it appears to be a growth industry. But the question is what will it take for bucking horses to catch up?
There are many new associations trying to get the bucking horse game off the ground. But it seems the process is moving along slowly. Now part of the slow uptake could be the lack of media interaction, lets face it the PRCA is not exactly a media darling like the PBR. Another part could be the lack of big events for riders, you don’t see many $50,000 added events for Bronc Riders.
So what will it take for the horses to become an investment and not a sideshow?
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