how do you explain istock to people

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kristijanh
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Posted Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:54AM
Posted By sdart:

"So it's not only that you're just fooling around, you're a sneaky bastard as well!" look in their eyes-


LOL, do you mind if I borrow this line sometime?

Not at all!
namraturnip
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Posted Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:49AM
To my mother who gives me the occasional "GET A JOB!" lecture I say, "ma, we gonna be rich! I just need to get one floral infested background accepted".
itsjustjeffCLOSED
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Posted Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:08AM

Most of the time when dealing with non-computer-literate I just say I sell illustrations, of course then they say "Can I see some of them?" I say "Go on the istockphoto.com". If they take the time to look they usually just "don't get it", or have reply somehting like "If I need a picture for something I just use google images, etc.". I explain that kind of behavior is technically illegal. They say "ehhh, who's gonna know, it's just going on (insert from long list: Facebook, school project, my webpage,etc.). I explain that some people, namely those who do web design, print-design work or "desktop publishing", will buy photos or illustrations from istock because of the low price. I then look around for some sort of printed material and show an example of either some Illustration or Photo that might have been bought to create the design.


To my other designer/artist friends I tell them how it's a good way to make a few extra buck every month if you have a full time job. They are always skeptical when told how much per image I make. They might even politely laugh...then I log in and show them my stats page, and go on to tell them that I'm not one of the Major players. Though not as impressisve since the "economy crisis" of late, they see that it's possible to make some decent "charity/hobby/vice" money. Yet only one has taken the plunge to istock that I know of...


 
mikemcd
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Posted Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:56AM
I think the simplest way I've heard anyone describe what I do is when my wife was trying to explain to my 5-year-old nephew what I do for work. Quite simply, she explained that I draw pictures all day.

Of course that description works for a 5-year-old, but generally my friends and adult family members need a little further explanation, which I usually just add by saying that I create images that are sold through online distributors and used in ads, books, webpages, magazines, etc.

I think the problem is that outside of the art/design world, most people don't even know what stock is or that it even exists. Most people don't give much thought to where advertising images come from, or that many images are not created just for a single ad or client. It's doubly tricky to explain this profession since you usually first have to explain what stock is, and then explain your role in it.

(Edited on 2009-04-30 08:57:22 by mikemcd)
AF-studio
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Posted Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:02AM

When I explained to my wife what I do on IS, she said, after first good earnings: I want too!!!!!


Me: OK - Let's try, What nick would you like to have?


My son: Jakataka


Wife: OK


And here we are:  Jakataka
RubiaSirena
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Posted Sat May 2, 2009 2:12PM
Posted By SoopySue:

Just noseying into this forum, but as I've said before:


"I sell my photos on the internet"


"Do they sell?"


"Yes"


"Whoooooo would want a picture of yoooooooooooooooooou?" *incredulous* (as well they might be wink )




ROFL!!


You should tell your friends after the: "really, pictures of you sell?"


"Well yes, I´m a sex symbol in the internet world, and my pictures sell very well, don´t believe me? do a search with my name and the tag sex symbol included."


I can imagine your dumb friends doing that search in google ha ha ha...

(Edited on 2009-05-03 14:49:42 by RubiaSirena)
mian_syCLOSED-b
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Posted Sun May 3, 2009 4:54AM
none of my friend and family believe it, after 2 hours i explain bout istock, they said: "who's gonna buy your artworks? and please let me know who buy it. i wonder who's so weird to download your weird files." After that i earn my first $250, and now they asking me how to join istockphoto and hints & tips.
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