Over the past 15 years, Jeffrey Ross has enjoyed each and every day as a commercial photographer. “Even on ‘bad days’, I’m so glad doing what I’m doing,” says Ross. Based out of Chicago, Ross operates Jeffrey Ross Photography, which started as a childhood hobby and has turned into a successful business that he loves.
Although the art of photography is the passion that drives his business, Ross found out early that he would need to learn the business side of being his own boss as well. “If I need this business to survive…boy, I need to take some steps to ensure it succeeds.” Ross provided two keys to his success as a commercial photographer.
Biggest key to success
– Networking: Network with those who could help you and those you could help.
– Business side: “I learned how to mix artistic side with business side. You have to be both.”
Out of all of his experiences as a commercial photographer, Ross cited the three years he photographed the space shuttle for the Smithsonian as his favorite experience. “Every single day it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
2013 CEO National Conference
Jeffrey Ross will be sharing his experience and advice with college students at the 2013 Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) National Conference in Chicago. The event will take place October 31 – November 2 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. Ross will be participating in featured Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) sessions during the three day event.
Jeffrey Ross is giving back to students because of the generosity shown by others early in his career. “I try to give back to people who are starting out because people helped me when I was starting out and I am so grateful for that. There were times when I was stuck and other photographers lent me equipment.”
This is just a snapshot, listen to the full interview with commercial photographer Jeffrey Ross here!
– What Jeffrey Ross did to prepare him to be a business owner as a commercial photographer.
– Advice on why it is important to learn the business side of being an artist/photographer.
– “You can do it. Don’t listen to the pessimistic people.”
– Best piece of advice to young entrepreneurs: “Find out whatever you want to do and then find the best person doing that.” Jeffrey encourages people to find mentors, become an intern, and do whatever it takes to learn from those who are the best in your desired field. “Get in the door and attach yourself to that person.”