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Photography Q&A: Real Questions. Real Answers. by Zack Arias

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Ain’t no money in live music.

Q: I WANT TO GO INTO LIVE MUSIC AND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY, BUT I’M NOT SURE WHERE THE BEST PLACE TO BE FOR THAT IS. LOOKING TO POTENTIALLY ASSIST MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHERS AND SHOOT FOR MAGAZINES/WEB SITES/NEWSPAPERS. ANY ADVICE ON WHAT CITIES I SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON?

A: I’ll first let you know a pretty universal truth: There ain’t no money in live music photography. That’s just the truth. There is some but it’s hard to get into. You need to shoot for wire services like AP (Associated Press), WireImage, etc. to find some money in live photography. To sustain a life from it, you need to be at every show and be pushing those images to as many outlets as you can.

I’m not saying there’s zero money in it, but there is very little, ...

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