Well, this sucks. You didn’t get that job/internship/grant, or you got laid off and are looking at a lot of changes. You have a few months of uncertainty on your hands, and luckily for you, Shit Photojournalists Like is here to make it all better. We have plenty of suggestions for how to handle your downtime.
1. Give up.
2. Just kidding, don’t do that. That would be stupid.
3. Don’t give up, suck it up. You are allowed one week or less to mope around and annoy your friends with “woe is me” bullshit. After that, get over it. As the great Jay-Z says, “99 problems but a bitch ain’t one.” Wait, wrong quote, I think we’re actually looking for something along the lines of “Onto the next one.”
4. Change your Facebook job status to “So-and-So works at Freelance Photography”, and then sit on your ass until someone calls you for work.
5. Draft a business plan, call some possible clients, get your name out there and actually get some shit done.
6. Don’t use social media as your pity party. Nobody likes a whiner. Maybe some charming self-deprecation, but no bitching allowed.
7. Designate targets for positive feedback, aka, your dear mother. This is, of course, assuming that your mother loves you. (“Dear, I saw your photos of that parade, they were so lovely!” “THANKS MA”)
8. Make up a really vague job opportunity that’s a few months in the future so people will stop asking you if you’re still doing that whole “picture taking thing.” Make sure it’s somewhere exotic and involves several sexy assistants.
9. Shoot events for fun and and silently judge the professional photographer who’s actually getting paid, because after all, you’re clearly the better choice.
10. Pursue that personal project you’ve always wanted to do. If you take one Hipstamatic photo of yourself in a gas station bathroom, it’s vanity, but if you take one in every state, it’s art, right?
Seriously though, this is your time to kick some ass in your own way. Do it.