I decided, quite recently, that I would start taking and organising more meetings. I entered the year with grand marketing plans, printing postcards and ordering personalised m&m's to send to brands and companies that I really wanted to work with. I did it for a couple of consecutive months, and I got nothing back. Actually, I did get one meeting. So there was a fraction of success there. But ultimately it was incredibly disappointing and deflating.
When I think about it, although I had great intentions and I hand wrote a lot of letters, the flaw in this was that I'm not the only photographer to do it. For every one of my postcards, Editors; Art Directors; Company Owners probably get about 150, making this idea not incredibly unique. Because of this deflating fact I have decided to go back to the drawing board to strip back everything and simply take meetings. Getting in touch directly with the people I want to work with will also come with it's own set of struggles, but I'm cutting out the middleman and going straight to the source. I'm hoping this will be more effective.
I also think my coffee drinking will increase substantially, but I have found a very lovely new (to me) favourite coffee house and I'm ready to talk ideas, projects and plans. And if we don't stay in the same city I'm happy to Skype or travel! If you want to have a meeting, get in touch and let's talk!