We asked experts from a broad range of industries to open up to us about things they know about their industry but that we probably don’t and we’ve shared some of those responses below.

Saige Estacio | Freelance Model

The most common misconception I’ve encountered surrounding modeling is that it’s simple. That models show up, get their picture taken, collect their payment and leave. Firstly, it truly is a collaborative team effort between photographer and model to create great content. A lack of communication or even trust in each other’s abilities can be very apparent in the final product. But also, from a modeling standpoint, there’s the pre-shoot wardrobe check (what’s flattering? what fits the theme? what colors fit the mood?), pre-shoot photographer check (do I trust this photographer’s work ethic?), being mindful of what poses work best for your features during the shoot, being able to state boundaries based on comfort and expertise level, and the list goes on. I’ve been modeling for almost 8 years now and am still challenged by different projects and people. Read more>>

Jane Marks | Cafe Owner

Most customers are simply unaware of the overheads we incur. Everytime they ask for a free glass of water I incur packaging and utility costs. Everything they walk in and use the restroom and buy nothing, I incur utility, supplies and labor costs. Every time they ask to split an item its double the amount of packaging etc. When someone cooks at home they only calculate the cost price of the item. However in our industry you have to factor in rent, rates, labor, water, electricity, breakages etc. Read more>>

John Konrad | Cartoonist & Illustrator

One thing that surprised me and might surprise other people about the art world is just how important connections are to your success. “It’s all about who you know” is a maxim that gets repeated a lot in the context of creative careers like showbusiness, and it’s definitely true in art. Being plugged into the scene and knowing other artists can introduce you to wonderful opportunities you wouldn’t have known about otherwise. The good news is that this doesn’t mean you have to “network” by shaking hands with men in suits, you just have to be friendly and present and you’ll meet a lot of other great artists naturally. Read more>>