Curating your photography education

Episode #219: Interview with Corwin Hiebert (31 minutes)

Discussion Topics

  1. Culture of Education
  2. technical vs. business skill
  3. choosing an educator
  4. avoiding irrelevance

Corwin Hiebert

Business Consultant and Educator for Creative Entrepreneurs

Corwin Hiebert is a business agent and consultant to creative entrepreneurs and is the founder of Taendem Agency Inc.—a boutique management and marketing firm that provides professional services to freelancers, artists, and independent business owners making a living doing what they love. Corwin manages talent such as world-renowned photographer, publisher, and best-selling author David duChemin. He is the author of Living the Dream: Putting Your Creativity to Work [and Getting Paid] (Peachpit Press, 2013) and is the creator of the Business Action Planner—a toolkit for photographers. Corwin presents business and marketing lectures / workshops at photography and design conferences throughout Canada and the Unites States; he is also a guest lecturer at Vancouver Media Arts Institute, Langara College, and Capilano University (IDEA Program).

Summary of Discussion Topics:

  • The toxic culture of photography business education today.
  • When absorbing business education, remembering that building a photography company up from the ground is a long journey.
  • How not to focus too much on the technical part of the craft.
  • What to look for in a photography educator when choosing workshops, etc.
  • Finding “subject matter experts” – the populatiry of a photographer does not mean they will be able to answer all the necessary questions.
  • Avoiding education which is irrelevant to you and your business.
  • How you may benefit from the 5 Day Deal.

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1 Comment

  • Love the comment about how it’s a journey for everybody. I hope that’s inspiring for all of the photographers just starting out. I’ve always felt like it was important to talk about how we got started, to keep it from seeming like things were easy or like success comes overnight.

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