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Daniel Ferrari, Photographer
Wethersfield | CT | USA | Posted: 11:17 PM on 10.20.12
->> Hi everybody,in 2014 the soccer world cup is in Brazil,I covered Copa America 2011 and other soccer games arround CT,my question is what I should do to get hired for work in Brazil world Cup ?
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Dave Prelosky, Photographer
Lower Burrell | Pa | US | Posted: 11:43 PM on 10.20.12
->> A> Shoot soccer better than almost anyone else on the planet.
B> Wait for the phone to ring.

Seriously, you need to demonstrate talent, consistent results, reliability, the ability to work independently, access to sufficient gear, be able to acquire the necessary travel and work documents, learn at least a bit of Portugese, and acquire a sponsor who will commit to paying you and your expenses...

Beyond that, it should be a cakewalk.
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Ting Shen, Student/Intern, Photographer
Chicago | IL | U.S. | Posted: 1:40 AM on 10.21.12
->> uh......................................

Hardwork and Luck?
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Clark Brooks, Photo Editor, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 8:47 AM on 10.21.12
->> Become an official sponsor of the World Cup. Make your sponsorship contingent on you getting all access photo credential. Works well if you have a couple of million laying around.
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Douglas Cottle, Photographer
Tuscola | Illinois | United States | Posted: 10:36 AM on 10.21.12
->> Daniel,

I thought I would give you a warning. When topics of this nature (shoot for free, asking how to get credentials for a professional team/event) come up on the SS message board in the past, this is usually what happens. Allow me illustrate via youtube.

First....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6MCjp4FyME&list=FLppTEEXBc6aRCx7VaGPtAnA&in...

Then...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COvsCB2DfPc&list=FLppTEEXBc6aRCx7VaGPtAnA&in...

And the original poster chimes in with something like this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsogswrH6ck&list=FLppTEEXBc6aRCx7VaGPtAnA&in...

Yoda joins the mix with his take...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLrpBLDWyCI&list=FLppTEEXBc6aRCx7VaGPtAnA&in...

Unswayed by Yoda the masses do this....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PA6-YbNFyA&list=FLppTEEXBc6aRCx7VaGPtAnA&in...

Then someone enters the board with this take....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl3e-OUnavQ&list=FLppTEEXBc6aRCx7VaGPtAnA&in...

In the end, the tread ends with Michael Zagaris

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sju_vR2TQ8&list=FLppTEEXBc6aRCx7VaGPtAnA&in...
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Douglas Cottle, Photographer
Tuscola | Illinois | United States | Posted: 11:02 AM on 10.21.12
->> "my question is what I should do to get hired for work in Brazil world Cup ?"

Looking at your SS page, I have noticed your captions need to be more descriptive and grammatically correct. Not very many photo editors will hire you if you don't identify the athletes you are covering and submitting images with punctuation errors throughout your captions.

After you get that down, revisit Dave's post above or take Clark's million dollar route.
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Wally Nell, Photographer
SAN DIEGO | CA | USA | Posted: 3:36 PM on 10.21.12
->> Daniel, find a wire service or publication that appreciates your work and have them send you to the World Cup. Really no other way. So, this means that you have to shoot better than those photogs the publications/wire services already know, and the publications/wire services have to know that as well.
Tough job to get to that place... But it can be done...
If you are not able to have publications/wire services appreciate your work enough to hire you, then it probably can't be done.
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Michael Prengler, Photographer
Dallas / Ft. Worth | TX | USA | Posted: 4:08 PM on 10.21.12
->> This is a very hard business to break into and get noticed. Keep shooting and stay in touch with editors, when they feel like it's your time to move up you'll get the call. When you get the call, to quote SI's Steve Fine, "Don't fu_k it up."

Until the time comes, be patient.
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Curtis Clegg, Photographer
Sycamore | IL | USA | Posted: 6:05 PM on 10.21.12
->> You could try changing your name to Brooks Parkenridge.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 11:35 PM on 10.21.12
->> I need a case of Advil.
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 3:01 AM on 10.22.12
->> @Chuck, I don't think that's even going to help...

@Daniel, show your work to people. Seriously.

Networking and good, solid professionalism gets you A LOT farther in this business than decent photos (though that's big too at the top level...).

Email editors with your work. Most won't respond, but a few might and that's better than nothing.

Give them a reason not to say no with your work, your attitude and your professionalism.
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 3:03 AM on 10.22.12
->> Also, move that last image on your SS.com page—the one with the boxers—to the top.

It is easily the best image up there. Very striking (pun intended...). It's intense and well-shot.
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Brian Blanco, Photographer
Tampa / Sarasota | FL | USA | Posted: 3:17 AM on 10.22.12
->> Daniel,

The 2014 World Cup is really not that far away and the major wires are likely already making their arrangements and planning their logistics. I'd venture to say that at this point you likely don't have the time it would take to develop the kind of portfolio you'll need AND build the type of relationship you'd need to build with the wires that they'd fall in love with you enough to consider sending you over their tired and true staffers... the ones who'd kill you anyway should their employer attempt to send you in their place.

But here's my suggestion-

1) FedEx Liddy a bottle of Advil; a big bottle (trust me, you owe him AT LEAST that).

2) Accept the fact that you're not going to get to Brazil shooting game action (trust me on this one too).

3) Google your butt off and find out the name of every media outlet around the world credentialed to cover the last World Cup. Figure out what they cover and how they cover it. Learn the general style and editorial flavor of each publication. What did they cover last time, how'd the cover it and how can you make it better?

Once you're armed with this information, find the one publication that does something more unique than JUST cover run of the mill game action, and pitch them (in their language) a project that they absolutely cannot refuse... but first, make damn sure that you have a portfolio filled with examples of similar projects that you've not only shot, but executed with jaw-dropping amazingness, and that proves to them that you're the ONLY guy that can pull it off.

Your goal is to convince them that they NEED you to tell a unique story that they cannot get from the wires and that is so fantastic that you make an ABSOLUTE HERO out of whatever editor stuck his/her neck out to fly you to Brazil, put you up in an over-priced hotel and pay you the exorbitant rates you're going to demand.

Here's an example of what I'm talking about-
http://www.chiplitherland.com/blog/2012/04/05/lebron-wade-and-i/

When you can consistently pull off feature photos that look like Chip Litherland's, AND you can dream up a story to tell with them, THEN you can write your ticket to events like the World Cup.

If all you do is snap the same ground-level, peak action, two-dudes-chasing-after-a-ball photos that everyone else can shoot and will be shooting, then, trust me, you'll be watching the games from a sports bar in Wethersfield.

Best of luck, and oh, by the way it's ok to: "Make the big time where you are." -Rod Mar
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 3:34 AM on 10.22.12
->> Listen to Brian, he knows a few things about doing well and producing excellent work.

You might the feeling that people are beating up on you on here, but far from it. Things like this come up a bunch.

Rod's piece on "Make the big time where you are" is one of the best articles. It's in the archives here somewhere...

One of the best pieces of advice I heard was from a big time photo editor who said they would rather see the best photos from a 30-miles radius from within your hometown than from the other side of the world.

Do you want to go to shoot the same, standard game-action photos that everyone is going to have or do you want to have really good, different work?

Like I mentioned before, don't give editors a reason to say no to your work. Case in point, I work for a small-town weekly newspaper and I have the benefit of once every year to shoot world championship motorcycle racing at Laguna Seca, so I do for work and I love it.

A few years back, I made my name known for a really lucky photo of a huge crash by the world champion and showed it to the editor of Cycle World magazine and kept showing him my work and he used more and more of it, because, despite me being some guy he's never heard of working for some small rag, I was able to produce stuff others couldn't and I did it on time and was professional about it.
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Paul Alesse, Photographer
Coram | NY | USA | Posted: 9:25 PM on 10.23.12
->> Do everything to excellence. This includes making excellent frames yes, but also includes the little things such as capitalizing the first letter in your first AND last name on your SS page. Do everything, EVERYTHING to excellence and rise above the mediocrity that is becoming more and more commonplace every day.

Everything you do now counts!
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Brian Blanco, Photographer
Tampa / Sarasota | FL | USA | Posted: 9:27 PM on 10.23.12
->> Paul: Informative
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