by Anne Ross
”My back hurts!”
“Uggh…How long is this shoot going to go? I‘m tired!”
“I wear orthopedic insoles because I can’t stand all day anymore”
“WHAT’s our call time tomorrow??”
I would usually smile and try to stay somewhat positive but also realizing that MY back hurt too. And I could use some orthotics. And why DO we have a 4am call time? I too am aging.
During my last job, I began to survey the over forty crowd on their career direction. I’d ask how long they expected to stay in this field, what they thought would be a good segue career, and on and on. I enjoyed many conversations with reactions ranging anywhere from, “Hmmmm…..I never really thought about it” to “OH YEAH, we’re basically all f&*^ed! I mean how many old people do you see in production? NONE!”
As I paid more mind to my internal angst about my career direction, I started noticing some of my favorite new assistants and realizing I could be their mother! One assistant unintentionally horrified me by saying, “Oooh, I like your jeans! I should tell MY MOM to wear jeans like that!” These people are cute, energetic and in their 20’s. I began to realize how much they have to learn and really see strong potential in a lot of them. This is where life really gets fun….to be able to realize the amount of information and experience I have is such a gift to be able to pass on.
I’ve begun to see some amazing opportunities once I freed myself to think of what is possible for an aging stylist. There’s art direction, photo styling workshops, taking smaller jobs, taking bigger jobs and really training your assistants, and writing books. It’s just a matter of continuing to be creative but in a less physical way!
Originating from Chicago, she began her career in visual merchandising creating window displays for various businesses including Marshall Fields, Anthropologie, Gucci, Prada, and Salvatore Ferragamo to name a few. The transition into photostyling was natural. She now works with many renowned photographers throughout the country both locally and on location. Examples of her work can be found on her website at http://www.anneross.com/
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Having ordered from this company before, I received an email about a sale that Got Putty (www.gotputty.com) is holding on their Quake Secure putty. In my opinion it it the same as the hard-to-find photographers' putty that some stylists buy in South Africa. Retailing at only $4.99, a batch of putty packets was shipped to Got Putty at less than the stated package weight, so they're selling them up to 1/2 off the price. A good opportunity to stock up.