If you have any sort of hankering to be a part of the music industry, you probably know that most of your time is spent asking “How?” As in, How do I get my foot in the door? How do I gain experience? How do I put together a portfolio? How do I land a job? How do I get on tour? But for many of us, the hardest question to answer was How the hell do I even start? (Spoiler: Chances are, you already have.)
Photographer Ellie Pritts answered that last question by tumbling into the industry headfirst. “When I first started trying to make a career out of photography, I was shooting anything and everything. I was on Craigslist every day finding work,” she says.
“One day I responded to an ad for an (unpaid) gig shooting a show at The Vic. It was my first time shooting a concert and I didn’t know what to expect. But I was, and still am, a huge music fanatic. So it just clicked; my love for music and photography. Looking back, I’d say it was definitely challenging to get my foot in the door. But I didn’t really see it that way at the time. I was just relentless about it.”
photos property of ellie pritts / story by kika chatterjee
5 TIPS FROM ELLIE
1. Never stop hustling. Seriously. Never.
2. Quit your day job as soon as you can.
3. Do what you love, the money will come later.
4. Fake it till you make it.
5. It really doesn’t matter what camera you have.