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New York Daily News Layoffs, again
Gene Boyars, Photographer
Manalapan | NJ | United States | Posted: 1:40 AM on 07.21.14
->> They used to bill themselves as New York's Picture Newspaper. On Friday they announced layoffs again including 4 picture editors and 4 photographers. I have not seen all of the names but I do know that some of them are friends. Wishing them all well going forward. Just remember, when one door closes, another door opens.
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 3:31 PM on 07.21.14
->> sad, sad day for some of the most talented and nicest people in the business...many of whom have been instrumental with my career (and who were thanked in my Bruce Springsteen book). I am honored to have met and worked with so many of them. As Gene says, when one door closes, another door opens but it is still so sad.
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Dylan Wilson, Photographer, Assistant
Savannah | GA | USA | Posted: 10:51 PM on 07.21.14
->> I worked for Jim Alcorn and Kevin Coughlin at the New York Post for 3 years. They are great guys and were instrumental in my surviving working in the New York market. Its a sad day.
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor, Photographer
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 3:19 PM on 07.22.14
->> David Hanschuh was dumped, after nearly 30 years at the paper.

--Mark
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David A. Cantor, Photographer, Photo Editor
Toledo | OH | USA | Posted: 12:02 AM on 07.23.14
->> http://nypost.com/2014/07/21/star-photographer-axed-in-daily-news-purge/
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Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 12:11 PM on 07.25.14
->> You would think a guy who almost died working for his paper would be kept on staff.
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Stanley Leary, Photographer
Roswell | GA | USA | Posted: 1:10 PM on 07.27.14
->> Alex Garcia said in his blog post announcing his leaving the Chicago Tribune "As I learned about entrepreneurship, the idea of becoming more proactive during a time of uncertainty was irresistible."

"So at this midpoint in my career, for the sake of family, I felt the change was necessary."

You can be proactive or reactive when it comes to your work. I was laid off twice and both times was reactive.

I highly recommend everyone start saving and have a plan "B" where you are in control.

When I got called in and told that my position had been eliminated I was devastated. I called my wife and friend to come and help me pack up my gear and books and move out. As we were packing up my things my friend was trying to comfort me and made a very profound comment. “Stanley if you put in the amount of effort you have been doing here in your freelance, you will be a very successful photographer.”

I thought about his comment a lot that first year of freelancing. He had said it to me with such conviction that I realized he really believed it to be true. Later even my wife would comment and say that he was right.

Tips for the freelancer

*Keep a similar work schedule to the one you had on staff. Get up and go to work. While you may not have to drive anywhere to commute, still get out of bed eat breakfast and then take that commute to another part of your house/apartment.

*Get dressed for work. One of my friends Ken Touchton told me in those early days that he used to get dressed and put on a tie just to go to the next room. It helps put you psychologically in a different frame of mind.

*Create a calendar of events. Just like you had in your last job, schedule time for different thing you need to be doing. You need to create; meetings, lunch dates, and find events from things like the Chamber of Commerce to attend in your community.

*Create a database of clients, prospects, and family/friends. You may need to buy a list to add to your present list. You may need to go to the library and find those resources with contacts in them for your niche´. Remember this formula that for every 1,000 contact names in your database only 100 of them will be interested in your services. Of those 100 contacts only 10 of them will become a client.

*Create a plan on connecting to those in your database. Another formula is to know that it takes about 6 – 8 touches with a contact before they remember you. Therefore you need to have a plan on how to contact these folks in a way that is positive and not annoying. I recommend mixing up your arsenal. I use: Phone Calls, emails, eNewsletters, Blogging, Postcards, and events as ways that I can make contact with my prospects and clients.

*Develop an elevator speech. You need to be able at a moments notice explain to anyone what you do. Here is a link to mine.

When on staff you had a role. You would contact people asking if they needed your services. If this is how you worked then you need to change.

Your goal should be to develop friendships. You need to get to know people so well, that as they talk about their life, you can see ways you could help them. This is a lot of listening and offering good advice that isn't solicited. Once you are at this level in a friendship, it is much easier to give them suggestions of something that might help them.
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