I can’t believe how much I’ve learned at my internship the past month and a half!
I’m getting so many great opportunities to hone my photo and video skills. The past couple of years at college I felt like I was in a rut with my photography. I felt like I wasn’t getting the opportunity to mix things up, and I was stuck taking the same photos. I wasn’t inspired. But my internship at the newspaper has given me the chance to cover all kinds of events and develop my vision.
I’m really lucky to have one of the photo editors as a mentor at the paper. She sits down with me when I go through my photos and points out which shots are my best and explains why. I really respond well to such feedback. The other photographers at the paper have been great too because they’re all amazing visionaries and are also willing to sit down with me and look through my photos.
One thing I have realized is how willing people are to help young people like myself succeed. You just have to put yourself out there. Recently, I was shooting the May Day marches with a couple of the other photographers, and I was chatting with them as we walked through the streets of Portland. I was talking about my plans after this internship, a.k.a. find a job, and one of the photographers was giving me some helpful tips. Then, a few days later, he forwarded an email to me about a full-time job opening at a paper in California.
This simple act really made my day because he remembered our conversation and wanted to help me out. I didn’t even realize I was networking in a way by talking with the other photographers. Now, I know how important it is to be friendly and let people know you’re looking for a job because they’ll think of you the next time they hear of something. In the end, it’s all about networking.