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    • How to solve for the problems that “prevent” photographers from going freelance
    • Developing an audience outside of social media
    • Gear – what matters and what doesn’t to get started
    • How to deal with the mental game of being a professional creator
    • Shaping stories through photo and video
    • How to build a creative community

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    How to become a better negotiator
    Tactics to find motivation
    Pushing past self imposed limitations
    In-depth exploration of goal setting
    Exercises to map backwards from the destination
    Daily routines and systems for success
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    Ep.
    1
    Meet Isaac Johnston
    Ep.
    2
    Problems Becoming A Fulltime Freelancer
    Ep.
    3
    The Tools I Use To Create
    Ep.
    4
    How To Know If Your Hobby Should Be Your Profession
    Ep.
    5
    Showing Your Work Daily
    Ep.
    6
    Getting Support
    Ep.
    7
    Handling Fear of Failure
    Ep.
    8
    Creating Your Own Unique Value
    Ep.
    9
    My Workflow
    Ep.
    10
    How I Approach A Brand
    Ep.
    11
    How To Build A Proposal
    Ep.
    12
    3 Strategies on Increasing Exposure
    Ep.
    13
    How To Meet Artists You Love
    Ep.
    14
    How To Find Ideas
    Ep.
    15
    My Techniques To Shoot Photos
    Ep.
    16
    My Strategies To Make Better Stories
    Ep.
    17
    Writing Videos for the Internet
    Ep.
    18
    How To Be Comfortable In Front Of The Camera
    Ep.
    19
    Final Thoughts & A Note On Obsession
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    How to Become a Freelance Photographer

    Isaac Johnston

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    Isaac Johnston teaches how to remove the barriers to working as a full time creator. Known for his resourceful spirit and signature style, he covers tactics and strategies for how to go from a hobby creator to a full time freelancer. If you have been waiting for the right moment to start, this course provides the steps to go from your day job to your dream career.
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    • How to solve for the problems that “prevent” photographers from going freelance
    • Developing an audience outside of social media
    • Gear – what matters and what doesn’t to get started
    • How to deal with the mental game of being a professional creator
    • Shaping stories through photo and video
    • How to build a creative community
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    • How to solve for the problems that “prevent” photographers from going freelance
    • Developing an audience outside of social media
    • Gear – what matters and what doesn’t to get started
    • How to deal with the mental game of being a professional creator
    • Shaping stories through photo and video
    • How to build a creative community
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    Students give our workshops an
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    Honest advice from an adventure photographer who went through career transition
    Asieh Harati
    I think a lot of us are mulling over the idea of transitioning to become a photographer. It's not easy. There are lots of fears and hesitations. It's a change that could affect our life. I'm at this decision branch for the second time in my life, and I still fear. Isaac shares with us how he overcame those very same hurdles and fears. He is genuine, practical and proves that you don't need expensive gear to start or even continue to become good enough. The pitch deck example, the starting up a conversation with a prospective client, the way to deal with blockers, all are real. I cannot wait to put them in place and start my first pitch. Thanks Isaac for sharing your journey!
    Everyone should take this workshop
    Kari Anderson
    I have some experience as an instructor. I know bad teaching videos and annoying instructors... this is the opposite of that. Each segment is a little gem of knowledge and Isaac has a genuine enthusiasm for this subject. Best money I've spent in awhile.
    Well worth the time and investment...
    Matthew Wetzler
    Even as someone who has been using photography as my primary income source for the last several years, and prior to that being a full-time graphic designer hiring commercial photographers I've already got a good grasp on things such as workflow and approaching a given photoshoot. But there are still aspects of being a freelancer such as selling yourself and your unique approach to clients, as well as continually creating work and avoiding burnout to allow yourself to go after the work you want to be doing. And of course, the ever-present fear of failure. This workshop covers all of those topics in an extremely approachable and more importantly actionable manner.
    Honest advice from an adventure photographer who went through career transition
    Asieh Harati
    I think a lot of us are mulling over the idea of transitioning to become a photographer. It's not easy. There are lots of fears and hesitations. It's a change that could affect our life. I'm at this decision branch for the second time in my life, and I still fear. Isaac shares with us how he overcame those very same hurdles and fears. He is genuine, practical and proves that you don't need expensive gear to start or even continue to become good enough. The pitch deck example, the starting up a conversation with a prospective client, the way to deal with blockers, all are real. I cannot wait to put them in place and start my first pitch. Thanks Isaac for sharing your journey!
    Everyone should take this workshop
    Kari Anderson
    I have some experience as an instructor. I know bad teaching videos and annoying instructors... this is the opposite of that. Each segment is a little gem of knowledge and Isaac has a genuine enthusiasm for this subject. Best money I've spent in awhile.
    Well worth the time and investment...
    Matthew Wetzler
    Even as someone who has been using photography as my primary income source for the last several years, and prior to that being a full-time graphic designer hiring commercial photographers I've already got a good grasp on things such as workflow and approaching a given photoshoot. But there are still aspects of being a freelancer such as selling yourself and your unique approach to clients, as well as continually creating work and avoiding burnout to allow yourself to go after the work you want to be doing. And of course, the ever-present fear of failure. This workshop covers all of those topics in an extremely approachable and more importantly actionable manner.
    SO HELPFUL
    Jessie Sears
    This course was extremely valuable for me and it was exactly what I needed at this time in my life!
    Valuable knowledge from a professional
    Zach Hand
    The information given throughout this workshop was tremendously helpful. The best part about this specific one was how Isaac was so straight forward with his approach, with him even showing an exact conversation he had with a brand he was approaching. It’s easy enough for someone to say how to do something, but it’s much better for me personally to be able to see how someone went about doing so. This was exactly that. I saw his approach with a company, and I now can use similar tactics to approach companies that I would like to connect with. All in all great content, and lots learned! Would highly recommend this workshop.
    Practical yet fun
    Ryan Johnson
    Great workshop and worth the time/money. Isaac is an easy to watch presenter and the various modules were each concise and practical. Time well spent!
    Honest advice from an adventure photographer who went through career transition
    Asieh Harati
    I think a lot of us are mulling over the idea of transitioning to become a photographer. It's not easy. There are lots of fears and hesitations. It's a change that could affect our life. I'm at this decision branch for the second time in my life, and I still fear. Isaac shares with us how he overcame those very same hurdles and fears. He is genuine, practical and proves that you don't need expensive gear to start or even continue to become good enough. The pitch deck example, the starting up a conversation with a prospective client, the way to deal with blockers, all are real. I cannot wait to put them in place and start my first pitch. Thanks Isaac for sharing your journey!
    Everyone should take this workshop
    Kari Anderson
    I have some experience as an instructor. I know bad teaching videos and annoying instructors... this is the opposite of that. Each segment is a little gem of knowledge and Isaac has a genuine enthusiasm for this subject. Best money I've spent in awhile.
    Well worth the time and investment...
    Matthew Wetzler
    Even as someone who has been using photography as my primary income source for the last several years, and prior to that being a full-time graphic designer hiring commercial photographers I've already got a good grasp on things such as workflow and approaching a given photoshoot. But there are still aspects of being a freelancer such as selling yourself and your unique approach to clients, as well as continually creating work and avoiding burnout to allow yourself to go after the work you want to be doing. And of course, the ever-present fear of failure. This workshop covers all of those topics in an extremely approachable and more importantly actionable manner.
    SO HELPFUL
    Jessie Sears
    This course was extremely valuable for me and it was exactly what I needed at this time in my life!
    Valuable knowledge from a professional
    Zach Hand
    The information given throughout this workshop was tremendously helpful. The best part about this specific one was how Isaac was so straight forward with his approach, with him even showing an exact conversation he had with a brand he was approaching. It’s easy enough for someone to say how to do something, but it’s much better for me personally to be able to see how someone went about doing so. This was exactly that. I saw his approach with a company, and I now can use similar tactics to approach companies that I would like to connect with. All in all great content, and lots learned! Would highly recommend this workshop.
    Practical yet fun
    Ryan Johnson
    Great workshop and worth the time/money. Isaac is an easy to watch presenter and the various modules were each concise and practical. Time well spent!
    Inspirational
    Matthew Franklin
    Isaac is such an encouraging and joyful voice and personality. He was very encouraging while also providing real, helpful resources and tactics to help someone like me hopefully take my passion a step up toward making it a career. Thank you!
    Makes you want to go for it!
    Roy Mosterd
    A practical yet valuable workshop
    Drew Silvers
    "How to Become a Freelance Photographer" was my first photography workshop. There were key takeaways throughout the entire course. Isaac did a great job of expanding on simple concepts that easily get overlooked. He created tangible tips and tricks for his audience to expand upon. THANK YOU for sharing your priceless insight into the world of freelancing. I can't wait to test out your "Pitch Deck Kit" with my future clients!

    Ryan Johnson

    December 2, 2020

    Practical yet fun

    Great workshop and worth the time/money. Isaac is an easy to watch presenter and the various modules were each concise and practical. Time well spent!

    Ryan Johnson

    December 2, 2020

    Matthew Franklin

    October 7, 2020

    Inspirational

    Isaac is such an encouraging and joyful voice and personality. He was very encouraging while also providing real, helpful resources and tactics to help someone like me hopefully take my passion a step up toward making it a career. Thank you!

    Matthew Franklin

    October 7, 2020

    Roy Mosterd

    October 5, 2020

    Makes you want to go for it!

    Roy Mosterd

    October 5, 2020

    Drew Silvers

    September 24, 2020

    A practical yet valuable workshop

    "How to Become a Freelance Photographer" was my first photography workshop. There were key takeaways throughout the entire course. Isaac did a great job of expanding on simple concepts that easily get overlooked. He created tangible tips and tricks for his audience to expand upon. THANK YOU for sharing your priceless insight into the world of freelancing. I can't wait to test out your "Pitch Deck Kit" with my future clients!

    Drew Silvers

    September 24, 2020

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    Meet Isaac Johnston

    Meet Isaac: a full-time freelance photographer who specializes in adventure photography. He quit his job a couple years ago to pursue his dream, and hasn't looked back since.

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    Problems Becoming A Fulltime Freelancer

    It's important to know some of the problems you'll face as a fulltime freelancer: income, scheduling, self-doubt. Isaac covers some of the problems he faced to give you a realistic expectation of what you can expect.

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    The Tools I Use To Create

    Choosing gear that you can use forever. Which drone to buy? Which lens to use? Isaac looks for the gear that gets our of his way so he can focus on one thing: creating.

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    How To Know If Your Hobby Should Be Your Profession

    It's important to think about whether or not your hobby should become your profession, and if you have reached that point. Isaac lays out a couple steps to help you decide if you are ready to become a full-time freelancer.

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    Showing Your Work Daily

    Showing your work daily is an immensely helpful routine in the creative process. It helps craft your own story, improve your craft, and strengthens your sharing muscle.

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    Getting Support

    Becoming a full-time freelancer is not an easy process. So it's imperative that you build a network of support around you: family, friends, loved ones. Isaac shares how the people surrounding him made it possible for him to make the jump to freelance.

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    Handling Fear of Failure

    The fear of failure is very real, but also something you can avoid. Mindset is incredibly important as you make this journey, and Isaac lays out steps to help you keep a positive mindset as you achieve your dreams.

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    Creating Your Own Unique Value

    Every creator has something unique to bring to the table. When approaching brands or clients, you need to know what your unique value is so you can harness it and win the job.

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    My Workflow

    Backing up, organizing files, getting ready to edit. It's a boring part of the photography process but it's crucial to master if you want to become a professional.

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    How I Approach A Brand

    To pursue a freelance career you’ll need to be able to get work. Isaac shares his approach to finding new clients and getting brands to work with him.

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    How To Build A Proposal

    Once you've been talking with a brand, it's time to send them your proposal. A good proposal can make you stand out and secure the job. Isaac shows you a real-world example of a proposal he uses.

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    3 Strategies on Increasing Exposure

    You don't need to have a huge social following to increase your exposure. Treat social media like its social. This is where a friendly approach meets strategic planning. Isaac shares his tips on giving your work more exposure in ways outside of follower counts.

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    How To Meet Artists You Love

    Meeting other creatives is one of the best parts of the job for Isaac. He shares his philosophy about reaching out to other creatives on the internet in non-creepy ways.

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    How To Find Ideas

    Creative blocks can be very real. But Isaac has created a tried-and-true method to coming up with ideas for photo shoots.

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    My Techniques To Shoot Photos

    Join Isaac in the field as he shoots a spec job for motorcycle gloves.

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    My Strategies To Make Better Stories

    Story is king. In this day and age it's ever so important to be able to tell a story well. Isaac shares his tips on how to make better stories. Hint: do more interesting thigns!

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    Writing Videos for the Internet

    Crafting a video to tell a story is no easy feat. Isaac shares some of the things he learned along the way learning how to make YouTube videos.

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    How To Be Comfortable In Front Of The Camera

    Being comfortable on-camera is an invaluable skill in todays culture. Isaac shows you some of his tips to acting comfortable and natural on camera, and how he makes his Instagram stories look so professional.

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    Final Thoughts & A Note On Obsession

    Isaac recaps his final notes from the workshop and shares a few tidbits on obsession.

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    Isaac grew up on a farm near Glacier National Park in Montana and from a young age worked as a stock hand and guide in the Great Bear Wilderness. He didn’t know at the time that his life was different, just that he loved the excitement of showing people the wild spaces of the world.
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