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WoodenStudio
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Posted Sat Mar 9, 2013 6:51AM

These last weeks I was thinking seriously to become a full time contributor here in istockaudio. As a motivation, I want to ask who of you have managed to make this job his only income. I know it's not easy and it requires a LOT of work, but I guess it is not impossible. As all of you, I really love to compose, so the hard job is not a problem. So I would like to know if some of you can live only from the istock salary.


I really like this way of selling our art. I'm really proud to be a member of this little audio family.


 
softpiano
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Posted Sat Mar 9, 2013 2:21PM
Hi WoodenStudio I'm full time iStock'er for ~ almost 3 years already.. And i'm very happy to live out of it.. It's the best job i could ever imagine.. BUT.. It's also very dangerous.. You never know when best match will throw You out of the search.. And then You'll have problems.. Personally this time is becomming for me quite hard.. My sales are dropping.. And i'm really nervous about the stability.. You know.. one day You sell a lot.. another day you don't.. So i can not encourage You to just go and work for iStock full time.. I just can say that this is really awesome.. But You must have in mind that it is dangerous as well..
Good luck on Your decision
Tmk_d
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Posted Sat Mar 9, 2013 2:27PM
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/Very ineresting post ! I'd like to join to WoodenStudio question - i'm also very interested how it is to live only from istock / stock music. And maybe i will throw one question from myself:


Did You noticed a point  - in number of your tracks - (or 'about' number), when income started to be some kind of regular and sufficient to live - i mean in minimal way?


 


@softpiano - yeah, in my opinion this work is very vulnerable for unexpected behaviours of customers and also searches, and whats popular. Thats why i have very many doubts about 'stocking' for living...But.. maybe it is everywhere like that, in all kind of jobs...?(kind of rhetorical question...)

(Edited on 2013-03-09 14:30:45 by Tmk_d)
WoodenStudio
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Posted Sat Mar 9, 2013 3:04PM

Thanks for sharing your experience Softpiano, the instabilty it's a good point to consider.


I agree with you Tmk, I guess there is no "safe" work in these times we are living, there's always the chance you get fired from any job.

Another good question would be: Is there an average life for a good seller track ? I mean, after some months or years, does a track stop having downloads and falls into oblivion ?
-Bobforma-
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Posted Sat Mar 9, 2013 3:54PM
I belive it 's a dreams for many contributor here on IS. I agree with Softpiano: it could be very hard and the instability is the reason that i'm not jet a full time contributor. Good luck!
bononiasound
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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:18AM
Hi woodenstudio, as for me I started working full time on iStock production 5 months ago. I just kept my work as keyboard player two/three nights a week. Like softpiano said it's not so easy to mantain a stable income on the site: competition is increasing every minute, the market seems fluctuating, and it's quite impossible to count on an endless success of your best sellers, so you always have to provide for new content. However this is one of the best job one could dream about for many reasons, above all beacause it allows you 100% creativity. My advice is - once you have found your ground solid enough - to try to dedicate yourself to it full-time at least for a short period as a test.
softpiano
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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:53AM
I would suggest to wait till the incomes will be bigger than You need.. Just in case it drops.. Because the incomes on iStock rises very slowly.. But drops very fast At least for me.. So You need to have a reserve
WoodenStudio
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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:49PM

Thank you guys! your advices are wise..


The point is that now I had a lot of changes in my life and I have to take some desicions... As you said, I also would like to wait until I have good incomes here, but If I only work in music a couple of hours a day, that's gonna take me forever.. Don't know what I'm going to do but what I'm sure is that I need more time to work at the studio, that's what I enjoy more to do in life, so maybe taking some risk is worthy..

By the way, what about that question:

Posted By WoodenStudio:

Another good question would be: Is there an average life for a good seller track ? I mean, after some months or years, does a track stop having downloads and falls into oblivion ?


 


What's you experience about it? Can you still sell a song after some years?
softpiano
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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:55PM
Well personally my very best bestseller stopped selling well It has ~1500 downloads per both loopable and not versions.. So i guess there audio files have life Just i guess there's no avarage life time.. But i believe the file which was sold 5000 times should not live anymore

(Edited on 2013-03-11 12:55:46 by softpiano)
WoodenStudio
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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:23PM
It is more than worthy 1500 downloads for a track if you count the time you spent on producing it Anyway I guess we also have to do the average with the files that have no downloads...  Thanks again for the info!
-Bobforma-
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Posted Mon May 20, 2013 1:32AM

Everything dipends from your position in BM. 


In this lightbox you can see the contrubutor positions:


http://www.istockphoto.com/search/lightbox/13487235#c58e881
WaveArt
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Posted Sat Aug 3, 2013 9:33AM
Oh, WoodenStudio, I missed this topic...




I'm thinking about it for a year. Full time Istock'er it's my huge dream. But my tracks are far beyond the first page of BM. I think that this is due to the low (or low-mid smile) quality of my tracks.  Well, I am not a professional musician and sound engineer. But... I'm learning. And once that Great Day will come and I'll do it! smile


 


P.S. First is hard work, second is a good earnings. Not vice versa. So, if you decide to become an full time Istock'er, just do it. It's very simple

(Edited on 2013-08-04 02:10:53 by WaveArt)
WoodenStudio
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Posted Sun Aug 4, 2013 2:07PM
Yes, I think is the dream of a lot of contributors here... I would love to leave everything and only do music all day long, but I have to pay the rent and other expenses and my incomes are not enough now at istock.    But I'll keep on working hard!
GlobalSounds
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Posted Sun Aug 4, 2013 5:25PM
Hi WS it's a good conversation.  Recently I believed I discovered the knack for writing stock music, in particular there's 2 recent tracks where i thought 'these could be top sellers, if i keep writing like this, maybe i'll be able to start relying on istock for a steady income', but then the tracks went up and just seemed to disappear into the library, with either 0 views or just a couple of views over the past couple of weeks.  So I don't know whether they are good enough or if they're just not getting exposure..  And I've heard lately that this has been happening to some top selling artists where they think they've written great new tracks but then they disappear into the soup with no views.  I still wonder and fantasize about being a top istock seller but I'm not sure how to get the tracks i think are sellable exposure - that is my conundrum best of luck with whatever you decide - dreams do come true
thepugnatious
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Posted Mon Aug 5, 2013 11:31AM

Good conversation here! While for obvious reasons you wont get us to comment on any of our secret sause. I will say one thing to those people looking at making a living from iStock…


Remember that we all live in different locations on earth with very different ecomomies and currency values. Because we pay out in USD that will mean different things to different people. With that said we do have full timers from strong currencies as well as weak ones. Just consider this fact into your expectations when looking to be a full time iStocker.
brownhousemeda
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Posted Mon Aug 5, 2013 2:32PM
Posted By -Bobforma-:


In this lightbox you can see the contrubutor positions:


http://www.istockphoto.com/search/lightbox/13487235#c58e881


The Link does not appear to be working.
LLMillerMediaCLOSED
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Posted Mon Aug 5, 2013 3:54PM
Posted By WoodenStudio:
Yes, I think is the dream of a lot of contributors here... I would love to leave everything and only do music all day long, but I have to pay the rent and other expenses and my incomes are not enough now at istock. sad   But I'll keep on working hard! smile


That's smart...don't quit to try and see, only quit if you are making a living plus some to put away for a rainy day aka a BM change.


I dunno, I've done it before, here for a bit actually, but it doesn't even seem possible now.


I'm averaging 2 downloads a day at the lowest price points since mid march. Weak showing at best, a living? Not so much. unless something changes drastically. 
-Bobforma-
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Posted Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:06AM




Posted By brownhousemeda:


Posted By -Bobforma-:


In this lightbox you can see the contrubutor positions:


http://www.istockphoto.com/search/lightbox/13487235#c58e881






The Link does not appear to be working.




Hi, BHM. I'm sorry my post was old and meantime Bm is changed: i was made a lightbox  with every top Bm file for contributor. It was an experiment to understand the power of some track in serch: however i undestand  there are to many parameters in BM to understand how it works. ..it is too hard for my humanist education and culture smile smile smile

(Edited on 2013-08-11 11:08:11 by -Bobforma-)
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