Here's what I learned to turn all of this around in just a few weeks. I just started talking to people. So instead of looking for that next killer app, just start connecting with people. It all started a few weeks ago when I discovered this girl on my IG feed and asked her if she wanted to shoot portraits with me. That got my work featured on a popular blog that is run by a good friend, it wasn't the friendship that got it on the blog, it was the work that was finally good enough to be on there. Then more people started to volunteer for photographs, and now I have more people lined up than I have time to shoot. Then I started a podcast, and I had my friend who runs the blog on for an interview. Then I asked another stranger from my IG feed if I could have him on the show, and after his interview I hosted a live musical broadcast for all of my friends from my dining room table.
My email list went from 0 - nearly 200 people (some of this is from raiding old lists I wasn't using), my Facebook page for my photography went from 2 - 72 people, my Instagram profile went from 557 followers to 602. On one day my blog traffic spiked by about 430% on just one day. Now these numbers aren't crazy, but like I said, I've been doing this for two weeks.
Now I'm looking for guests for my podcast, looking for guests for the live show, and how I'm finding people is by creating a platform that provides value to them. I think people get so caught up in thinking about how to get content looked at, but never consider that if you can help someone else.
Here's the proposition, I'm hosting a free 30 minute google hangout where I'll teach you how to do it. I can only fit 9 people in it but if you're interested shoot me an email. I'm going to do this on Friday October 17 at 9pm PST.