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01/18/2007 06:33:28 PM · #1
Well, I've hit my web site pretty hard the last two days. Still working on it, but it's a LOT more complete than it was. Jacked up my wedding prices significantly and added more packages. I'm likely to jack them up more if enough people bite.


01/18/2007 03:23:20 AM · #2
I got stuck in an elevator once. I had a flight to catch 5 hours later, and was already thinking about all the hassle it would be to change 3 flights, the expenses, etc.

In the end, I was only stuck in there for about 20 minutes. I'm not sure what the problem was, as there was still power. In fact, I made a game of it! I tried to see how long I could keep the emergency button pressed -- with its very annoying siren going -- and still manage to remain sane. People would come by and ask, "Are you stuck?" DUH!

I was happy when I got out... good luck to you!!
01/17/2007 11:32:24 PM · #3
Originally posted by Shakalaka:

Anyway, it is up to me to make changes in my path, make myself known and get what I want. Here goes!

i just found out from another thread that all of this were in actual, just a preparation for your change into a lesbian... you da man, Leroy, you DA MAN!
01/17/2007 11:03:50 PM · #4
I saw it! Last year my wife and I saw the play, live, from the balcony seats. The one that had singers/dancers doing "Shakalaka Baby". It was not titled "Bombed-Out Dreams", it was called "Bombay Dreams".
I understand, I'm Just-A-Mystery.
01/17/2007 05:05:58 PM · #5
I felt trapped once. Fortunately the maid found me the next day and untied me. I sure am glad that's over, the leather was really starting to chafe.

Best of luck to you shakalaka_fromage
01/17/2007 05:05:47 PM · #6
Best of Luck Leroy
01/17/2007 05:03:21 PM · #7
Originally posted by Palmetto_Pixels:

Dude... we gotta update that website!!! It's nice and all, but if you want to go high end, you need a site that looks high end. If I can help, let me know!!!

ETA: Take a look at my recently updated site to see if you like it.

DowseDesigns


You are right, my site should look high-end... off to PS to design a template! If anyone wants to link to some of the "big boy's" web sites ... send them on.
01/17/2007 05:03:02 PM · #8
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01/17/2007 04:51:49 PM · #9
Originally posted by Shakalaka:

I want to thank you all for the advice, concern and support. And a particular PM with some great info!

You guys rock! Anyway, it is up to me to make changes in my path, make myself known and get what I want. Here goes!


Good for you. Get in, get on and Give it everything! Well, keep a little back for Saturday night. Go for it, go west young man!

I can say that cos I'm an old git!!
01/17/2007 04:51:26 PM · #10
Leroy,

A great man once told me

My Job Sucks....My Car Sucks....My Dog Died....But, Chicks Dig Me.

Okay, maybe he wasn't so great.

The point is, find something that makes you happy and latch onto it.


01/17/2007 04:49:25 PM · #11
I want to thank you all for the advice, concern and support. And a particular PM with some great info!

You guys rock! Anyway, it is up to me to make changes in my path, make myself known and get what I want. Here goes!
01/17/2007 03:57:50 PM · #12
Originally posted by idnic:

My 2 cents, for what its worth:

The thing that made the biggest difference in my business for me was joining a professional association (Professional Photographers Society of North Florida). Our association holds monthly meetings, each featuring some highly acclaimed photographer and REAL conversations about how they got there. We also have mini-seminars in the summer at different photographers' studios. I have learned SO much just by hanging out with the people that I want to emulate. I always come away feeling motivated and validated. Your local phone book should lead you to any such groups in your area.... mind you... NOT a camera club, but a pro organization.


Next step join professional organizations, got it.
01/17/2007 03:57:03 PM · #13
Originally posted by vxpra:


Here it is, your opportunity of a lifetime....

<snip>

I get so many of these on a daily basis that I'll pass this one on to you. Good luck and say hi to Dr. Baker for me.


Uhh, yeah, thanks ...
01/17/2007 03:48:59 PM · #14
My 2 cents, for what its worth:

The thing that made the biggest difference in my business for me was joining a professional association (Professional Photographers Society of North Florida). Our association holds monthly meetings, each featuring some highly acclaimed photographer and REAL conversations about how they got there. We also have mini-seminars in the summer at different photographers' studios. I have learned SO much just by hanging out with the people that I want to emulate. I always come away feeling motivated and validated. Your local phone book should lead you to any such groups in your area.... mind you... NOT a camera club, but a pro organization.
01/17/2007 03:46:22 PM · #15
Leroy,

Here it is, your opportunity of a lifetime....

Dear Friend,

How are you doing? I would be very interested in offering you a part-time paying job in which you could earn a lot.
My name is David Baker and I am 58 years of age.

I just resigned my job as a research scientist at Asia Agricultural research Institute in Malaysia and I now work as a freelance consultant for the institute which gives me very much time to do my own work which is basically being a freelance researcher who could be employed by research institutes to do research projects anywhere in the world.

Currently, I have just been granted a funding to head a research project in the tropical regions of Asia regarding rare and vulnerable plant species and this would be commencing very soon.

This research program will be funded and sponsored by some of my UK, US and Australia counterparts. But the only set back is that my associates want to make payments for the research in form of bank transfer or Check only to any of the UK,US and Australia banks only.
Opening an account would have been my best choice but I have a deadline to meet and taking any of those choices would cost me time and a whole lot of other requirements which I am not ready to deal with. This is where I need to employ your assistance and service.

WHAT I NEED YOU FOR?
At this point, I will be glad if you could work with me as my representative in above mentioned countries. You will be working as my payment assistant in charge of collecting the Funds from my Associates. Since they will be making the payment form of bank transfers to you in UK,US and Australia, you will be collecting this payments and cashing them on my behalf. On agreement to been my representative, you will receive a commission of 10% of whatever amount of payment you receive from my associates.

JOB DESCRIPTION?
1. Receive payments from My Clients/Associates through bank transfers into your bank account.
2. Cash the Payments at your Bank.
3. Deduct 10% which will be your commission/percentage on Payment processed.
4. You are to remit the balance via Money Gram or Western Union Money Transfer according to my instruction.

HOW MUCH WILL YOU EARN?
10% from each transaction! For instance: On receiving $ 70,000 Pounds on my behalf, you will cash the payment and keep 10% to yourself before remitting the balance! At the beginning your commission will equal 10%, though later it will increase up to 15%!

ADVANTAGES?
You don't have to go out of your present daily activity in order to engage in this Job(i.e. you can do this Work easily without leaving or affecting your present Job).You will work as an independent contractor right from your home /office. Your job is absolutely legal. You do not need any capital to start (non of your personal funds is needed).

REQUIREMENTS?
i) 18 years or older.
ii) Legally capable.
iii) Responsible, Reliable and Trustworthy.
iv) Ready to work 3-4 hours per week.
v) Able to check and respond to emails often.
vi) Easy telephone access.

I hope all is well understood. I would be glad if you accept my proposal and I intend to commence as soon as you are ready. Please, to facilitate the conclusion of this transaction if accepted, do send promptly by email the following details below.

To indicate your interest in this pending project, i will like you to provide all this information before we can commence on this pending projects.

NAME:
ADDRESS:
PHONE NUMBER:
AGE: GENDER:

Once this information has been received from you, it would be forwarded to my associates so they could commence the bank transfer to you.

ALL REPLIES TO BE SENT TO :
Regards,
Dr. David Baker

I get so many of these on a daily basis that I'll pass this one on to you. Good luck and say hi to Dr. Baker for me.

Message edited by author 2007-01-17 15:47:50.
01/17/2007 03:45:04 PM · #16
Originally posted by Shakalaka:

Originally posted by Telehubbie:

Best of luck to you bro.


Thanks Marc and I look forward to seeing your new career blossom post-"retirement" :-)


Dayam, I saw your new username and thought I posted all that in somebody else's thread. :-) As Sodoff said, you're off to a good start.
01/17/2007 03:42:06 PM · #17
So many ways to feel trapped.

Trapped by your spouse
Trapped by your children
Trapped by your location (because of the children & their school)
Trapped by location because of work
Trapped by your perception of your talents, physical appearance, lack of confidence.
Trapped by health issues

It happens to many of us Leroy. Make one small change at a time. Resolve to just work on improving one thing about your life today. I think todays post of yours was a good start.

01/17/2007 03:35:35 PM · #18
Well that's the first step, Leroy...Shakalaka, bye bye fotoman :((
01/17/2007 03:32:51 PM · #19
the word Blah reminds me of an episode of scrubs where Dr Cox is telling Elliot to take her "blah blah to the blah blah-ologist.

Anything can be done. I am a huge believer in positive thought (no i dont always take my own medicine)
Positive thought creates a positive action. It is way too easy to stay in blah land, I know I have done it many times myself.
Leroy, take a stand.. sit up straight.. you CAN do it.
01/17/2007 03:27:10 PM · #20
Originally posted by Telehubbie:

Best of luck to you bro.


Thanks Marc and I look forward to seeing your new career blossom post-"retirement" :-)
01/17/2007 03:22:03 PM · #21
Yup, I'm trapped too. I've been at my job for 12 years in a big motion picture studio here in LA. Not the greatest job, but the pay gets me by and I get excellent health benefits for my family. I do enough side jobs with my camera to keep me pretty busy when I'm not at my day job and being "dad." All word of mouth and referals, no marketing whatsoever. Many people here ask what I'm still doing here in this "dipsh*t job" after seeing some of my work. I'm just waiting for retirement from this place in 3 years, not too bad at 38 years old. Although I won't be able to collect my pension until I'm older so I won't really be retired, I'll have full health bene's for my family for life. So I've been sticking around just for that. Then after "retirement" I can focus on what I really want to do in life.

Why am I saying all this? Some people are trapped because of current jobs, family obligations, etc. You are already doing what you love to do and the only thing holding you back from taking it to the next level is yourself. Set out a realistic plan of where you want to be next year (or 6 months, whatever), and make a timeline of what you need to do to make that happen. I've seen your confidence displayed here in the "virtual" world so I know you can do it, take it to the other side in the "real" world and let it work for you. Best of luck to you bro.

Message edited by author 2007-01-17 15:36:20.
01/17/2007 03:13:38 PM · #22
Originally posted by karmabreeze:

Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Originally posted by karmabreeze:

Leroy - I'm in exactly the same place but in an opposite way. I always know what I need to do, where I need to go, etc. to push myself professionally and in my hobbies and school and whatever, but my social life is the pits. I'm hoping I meet some new people in grad school, especially in the dating realm since I haven't had a date in over a year and the former love of my life just announced his engagement to someone else, but I'm generally so quiet and shy in groups like that that I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much. Maybe I'll surprise myself.


I'll date/marry you, if you will manage my career :-)


Three or four years from now, when I have my MBA, I may be able to manage that! ;-)


Did I mention I cook AND put the toilet seat down?
01/17/2007 03:12:53 PM · #23
Originally posted by LtHousLady:

I'm not organized, I'm not good at the biz end (book keeping, marketing)....I'm just good at "creating" the items. I have a TON of new item ideas that I just can't impliment cuz I suck at the rest of it.

Unfortunately, I think many of us creative types suffer the same problems. I was hoping the new year would bring a renewed outlook.

A DPC support group might be in order to get us all off our respective butts & back to making some real progress. The exchange of ideas & support could do wonders for all of us stuck in Blah Blah Land


You sound like you suffer from the same pains I do. Perhaps we do need a support group of some type.

Hey there's an idea for a web site. ArtistSupport.com :-)
01/17/2007 03:10:02 PM · #24
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Originally posted by karmabreeze:

Leroy - I'm in exactly the same place but in an opposite way. I always know what I need to do, where I need to go, etc. to push myself professionally and in my hobbies and school and whatever, but my social life is the pits. I'm hoping I meet some new people in grad school, especially in the dating realm since I haven't had a date in over a year and the former love of my life just announced his engagement to someone else, but I'm generally so quiet and shy in groups like that that I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much. Maybe I'll surprise myself.


I'll date/marry you, if you will manage my career :-)


Three or four years from now, when I have my MBA, I may be able to manage that! ;-)
01/17/2007 02:50:14 PM · #25
Originally posted by karmabreeze:

Leroy - I'm in exactly the same place but in an opposite way. I always know what I need to do, where I need to go, etc. to push myself professionally and in my hobbies and school and whatever, but my social life is the pits. I'm hoping I meet some new people in grad school, especially in the dating realm since I haven't had a date in over a year and the former love of my life just announced his engagement to someone else, but I'm generally so quiet and shy in groups like that that I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much. Maybe I'll surprise myself.


I'll date/marry you, if you will manage my career :-)
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