I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy the new year. Take some time to refresh, recharge, reload and get ready for 2014 to hit with a bang.
Heck, I know that's what I'm going to do.
Until next time...
It's been horribly hot in Austin the past few days. Yesterday topped out at 106 and I think today might have been even hotter. Still not quite as bad as places out west, like Vegas, which, I'm told, topped out at a whopping 117 degrees today. Stay cool, snowflakes, stay cool out there!
In other news, everybody is getting ready for the big upcoming 4th of July celebrations. Lots of flags, hamburgers and wieners getting ready to be roasted, and the usual firework displays.
As luck would have it, we are expecting some storms tonight, along with a "cold" front moving in. I say "cold" in quotes because, well, it's supposed to top out at only about 93 a few days this week. On account of the change in the weather, I am probably going to try to head up to Georgetown this week to do some more shooting. I'll see when the clouds look good and if I can manage to sneak up that way for a bit of shooting around the square. (Watch this space for details.)
Other than that, it's just been trying to stay out of the heat. Oh, that and I'm working on some T-shirts and a few odds and ends, hoping to get some stuff wrapped up this week.
How is your weekend going? Hot enough for you yet?
Until next time...
"An elevator pitch, elevator speech, or elevator statement is a short summary used to quickly and simply define a person, profession, product, service, organization or event...The name 'Elevator Pitch' reflects the idea that it should be possible to deliver the summary in the time span of an elevator ride, or approximately thirty seconds to two minutes. The term itself comes from a scenario of an accidental meeting with someone important in the elevator. If the conversation inside the elevator in those few seconds is interesting and value adding, the conversation will continue after the elevator ride or end in exchange of business card or a scheduled meeting."So, there you have it. Picture yourself trapped for (slightly less than) two minutes in an elevator. By trapped I mean you are stuck in there with somebody important. Imagine what you might say to that oh-so-important person. "Hi, I'm (insert name here) and I..." Basically, your elevator pitch (speech, statement, whatever you want to call it) is the completion of that sentence.
"Hi! My name is Melissa and I'm the lady who paints giant murals on the side of Taco Bell restaurants all around the country. I got started painting as a child when, coincidentally, I also started eating a lot of tacos. My love for tacos eventually grew into the founding of my own business-painting murals for small taco establishments along the Texas coast-until I eventually moved into the position of painting all of the murals for all of the Taco Bells around the world. Chihuahua be damned, if you've seen a Taco Bell, why I've painted the fake taco on the side of it."That's possibly a really good elevator pitch for somebody who's a really odd painter, but there you have another example of one. Probably a better example too. (Again, I would recommend against stealing this one unless you are really all that into tacos. Mmmm. Tacos.)
"Hi, I'm Carol. I'm a fine art photographer and artist from Austin, Texas. I often take photos so that I can paint from them. Would you mind if I take your picture today? Can I take a few pictures of you?"That sort of an approach goes a long way in getting a "yes" response out of my subjects. If somebody says "No," why I respect that, but it's a good idea to have a bit of a pitch ready for these times. I've met photographers who are too shy to even call themselves "photographers" or "artists." They get hung up on the words. "Well, I'm not really a *photographer*" They will say to me, "I just like taking pictures." Mmmm. Right. Newsflash! People who like taking pictures are called: photographers. (Have another taco and try it again. Once more with feeling and all.)