Catching up with my own brain

Well, now. From having no shoots scheduled for the foreseeable future in the middle of last week I’ve now got four on the boil: two of which are waiting for a date and a makeup artist to be confirmed, one of which is waiting for a location. All of those shoots are fashion editorial shoots, but I’ve also started dialogues with three or four local music acts about shooting press kit and editorial images of them, too. Along with the day job, that means I’m pretty busy.

It brings me to wonder how the producers who work for companies like Chase Jarvis Inc. manage. How do they keep track of all the details and the conversations they’re enmeshed in? At the moment I’m making do with Evernote and Google Calendar, and the wonderfully useful Gmail Priority Inbox helps me to keep track of which conversations I need to respond to or do something about, but if I’m finding it hard work to juggle these few shoots now then I need to find a good way to handle matters when I start getting paying clients. I suspect some kind of CRM software is in order, but that’s just a guess really. Answers on a postcard please.

And whilst all that’s going on I’m thinking about marketing, personal projects, other personal projects, exhibitions of personal projects, Help-Portrait and how to sensibly split my personal, somewhat experimental portfolio (which will be up on this site before too much longer, I hope) from my more targeted portfolios (couples, portraits, corporate work).

You know what? I love this. I didn’t think I would. I’m not exactly the most organised person most of the time and I’m as keen for an easy life as the next person, but with this I’m happy to keep working at it most of my non-work time.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some emails to answer. More editorial content will appear from Friday, now that I’ve had time to refill my reservoir of blog post ideas. Ta ta for now.