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« Reply #25 on: January 07, 2022, 13:51 »
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What recession? Canada is not in a recession at the moment. Neither is the US...

The portfolio could be around content that is not popular right now. For example travel.


« Reply #26 on: January 07, 2022, 14:16 »
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What recession? Canada is not in a recession at the moment. Neither is the US...

The portfolio could be around content that is not popular right now. For example travel.
Maybe. But he is blaming an inexistent recession for whatever problems he has.

Level6

« Reply #27 on: January 07, 2022, 14:23 »
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What recession? Canada is not in a recession at the moment. Neither is the US...

The portfolio could be around content that is not popular right now. For example travel.

I have editorial not much travel, a little bit but not much and Toronto is not a travel destination anymore that's for sure.

Interesting you mention travel, you would think it's not even on the radar these days with the economy and omicron but some day and swing traders are hyping up travel stock right now, cruise lines and airlines for some reason, maybe they think once omicron passes it will be good times again but who will have any money left by then?.

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« Reply #28 on: January 07, 2022, 14:34 »
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$72 at SS   215 dl
110 at Adobe 155 dl
$ 22 at Alamy 6 dl

Level6

« Reply #29 on: January 07, 2022, 14:37 »
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My downloads at SS have declined alarmingly.
None of my best sellers have been sold yet.
My portfolie has been in weekend mode for 7 days.
Also at AS things are unexpectedly very bad.
Nothing is going on at P5 so far, but that's nothing new. I've always had very few DL there.

I guess there is the recession, economy, omicron, also in play and things are getting worse all the way down the line.

What recession? Canada is not in a recession at the moment. Neither is the US...

Depends on what industry you're in I guess, I am in Ontario and in Ontario and Quebec it's near impossible to find any job and I've been looking since the summer, every homeless shelter in southern Ontario is 100% full and it's not all drug addicts, it's people who can't find work and pay rent and our rents have gone to the moon as well, $1200/month for a tiny student room, $3000 for an apartment if you can find one and they want a "letter of employment" and you need to be a working professional, the grocery store doesn't cut it.

I'll be honest, I grew up here, was always working since I was 15, all through school and after and this is the first time I find myself unemployed and I'm not fussy, "anything I can do" is how I look at it and I am a workaholic and enjoy being busy but we all can't become full stack developers over night, there's jobs there and in cybersecurity but it's a good 2-4 years of being back in school full time to retrain and then compete with those who started coding at 12.









« Reply #30 on: January 07, 2022, 14:50 »
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I have never had a good travel photos, but reading Brasilnut user reports posted on "Alexandre Rotenberg's Brutally Honest Guide to Stock Photography & Footage", I could see that his travel portfolio was hard hit by lockdowns.

« Reply #31 on: January 07, 2022, 14:57 »
+3
My downloads at SS have declined alarmingly.
None of my best sellers have been sold yet.
My portfolie has been in weekend mode for 7 days.
Also at AS things are unexpectedly very bad.
Nothing is going on at P5 so far, but that's nothing new. I've always had very few DL there.

I guess there is the recession, economy, omicron, also in play and things are getting worse all the way down the line.

What recession? Canada is not in a recession at the moment. Neither is the US...

Depends on what industry you're in I guess, I am in Ontario and in Ontario and Quebec it's near impossible to find any job
Sorry for your troubles, but Canada is not in a recession and neither is your province.
Besides:
Employment in Ontario rose for the sixth consecutive month, bringing the province's unemployment rates back below pre-pandemic levels.
https://beta.ctvnews.ca/local/toronto/2021/12/3/1_5692371.html

Level6

« Reply #32 on: January 07, 2022, 15:49 »
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My downloads at SS have declined alarmingly.
None of my best sellers have been sold yet.
My portfolie has been in weekend mode for 7 days.
Also at AS things are unexpectedly very bad.
Nothing is going on at P5 so far, but that's nothing new. I've always had very few DL there.

I guess there is the recession, economy, omicron, also in play and things are getting worse all the way down the line.

What recession? Canada is not in a recession at the moment. Neither is the US...

Depends on what industry you're in I guess, I am in Ontario and in Ontario and Quebec it's near impossible to find any job
Sorry for your troubles, but Canada is not in a recession and neither is your province.
Besides:
Employment in Ontario rose for the sixth consecutive month, bringing the province's unemployment rates back below pre-pandemic levels.
https://beta.ctvnews.ca/local/toronto/2021/12/3/1_5692371.html

Yep!, if you read the job reports in the media all through the pandemic you'd think it was the best of times here and the non-stop stories about the labour shortage and "employers can't find workers", I can start tomorrow, not looking for anything special and min wage is fine.  I've been looking for a year and looking and applying HARD since May because the writing was really on the wall for stock video and nothing yet.

If I have the time this weekend I need to deep dive into those stats and see who is actually hiring because just yesterday a company here laid off 5000 min wage workers.

« Reply #33 on: January 07, 2022, 17:00 »
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Yep!, if you read the job reports in the media all through the pandemic you'd think it was the best of times here and the non-stop stories about the labour shortage and "employers can't find workers", I can start tomorrow, not looking for anything special and min wage is fine.  I've been looking for a year and looking and applying HARD since May because the writing was really on the wall for stock video and nothing yet.

If I have the time this weekend I need to deep dive into those stats and see who is actually hiring because just yesterday a company here laid off 5000 min wage workers.

Again, sorry for your trouble.

But you can't say that a country is in recession, just because an individual can't find a job, or because a company just fired some of its staff.

Level6

« Reply #34 on: January 07, 2022, 18:25 »
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Yep!, if you read the job reports in the media all through the pandemic you'd think it was the best of times here and the non-stop stories about the labour shortage and "employers can't find workers", I can start tomorrow, not looking for anything special and min wage is fine.  I've been looking for a year and looking and applying HARD since May because the writing was really on the wall for stock video and nothing yet.

If I have the time this weekend I need to deep dive into those stats and see who is actually hiring because just yesterday a company here laid off 5000 min wage workers.

Again, sorry for your trouble.

But you can't say that a country is in recession, just because an individual can't find a job, or because a company just fired some of its staff.

Precursor to an official recession maybe?, I'm actually trying to figure this out myself, was filming empty Toronto streets, closed business and parked transit buses for stock footage today and I thought it was Sunday morning on a holiday or something and every homeless shelter and emergency shelter is full and it's not all drug addicts in there.

« Reply #35 on: January 07, 2022, 19:52 »
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Yep!, if you read the job reports in the media all through the pandemic you'd think it was the best of times here and the non-stop stories about the labour shortage and "employers can't find workers", I can start tomorrow, not looking for anything special and min wage is fine.  I've been looking for a year and looking and applying HARD since May because the writing was really on the wall for stock video and nothing yet.

If I have the time this weekend I need to deep dive into those stats and see who is actually hiring because just yesterday a company here laid off 5000 min wage workers.

Again, sorry for your trouble.

But you can't say that a country is in recession, just because an individual can't find a job, or because a company just fired some of its staff.

Precursor to an official recession maybe?

Nah. The GDP must fall for two consecutive quarters to call it a recession.
Canada's GDP grew for 6 consecutive quarters, so in your "best" case scenario, you could talk about recession 6 months from now, and that's not very likely, based on current forecasts.
« Last Edit: January 07, 2022, 19:55 by Zero Talent »

« Reply #36 on: January 07, 2022, 19:58 »
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The portfolio could be around content that is not popular right now. For example travel.
...
Interesting you mention travel, you would think it's not even on the radar these days with the economy and omicron but some day and swing traders are hyping up travel stock right now, cruise lines and airlines for some reason, maybe they think once omicron passes it will be good times again but who will have any money left by then?. ...

 there's a pent up demand for travel as travelers have been at home for 2 years

travel companies & agents(both thru my emails & travel agent groups on FB), esp'ly cruise lines, are advertising for trips later in 2022 & into 2023.   i've postponed 2 trips this spring, but all clients have signed on for 2023 departure, and plans for Africa & Bhutan India are getting signup for later in 2022

Unemployment plunged thanks to rapid growth and job creation, falling as fast as it did during the morning in America recovery of the early 1980s.... Covid-era recovery has been very unbalanced. Fear of infection has limited demand for in-person services like restaurant meals, and people have compensated by buying physical goods like cars and household appliances. Real purchases of consumer durables are still running more than 20 percent above the prepandemic level, while purchases of services have only recently returned to their level of two years ago.
And supply chains have had a hard time keeping up with surging goods purchases....

Econ 101 tells us what should happen in the face of skewed demand and constrained supply: The prices of the things people are scrambling to buy should rise relative to the prices of things people are still shunning. Sure enough, the ratio of the price index for durable goods to that for services has risen substantially, reversing its normal technology-driven downward trend.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/06/opinion/inflation-unemployment-economy-growth.html

Level6

« Reply #37 on: January 08, 2022, 01:14 »
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The portfolio could be around content that is not popular right now. For example travel.
...
Interesting you mention travel, you would think it's not even on the radar these days with the economy and omicron but some day and swing traders are hyping up travel stock right now, cruise lines and airlines for some reason, maybe they think once omicron passes it will be good times again but who will have any money left by then?. ...

 there's a pent up demand for travel as travelers have been at home for 2 years

travel companies & agents(both thru my emails & travel agent groups on FB), esp'ly cruise lines, are advertising for trips later in 2022 & into 2023.   i've postponed 2 trips this spring, but all clients have signed on for 2023 departure, and plans for Africa & Bhutan India are getting signup for later in 2022

Unemployment plunged thanks to rapid growth and job creation, falling as fast as it did during the morning in America recovery of the early 1980s.... Covid-era recovery has been very unbalanced. Fear of infection has limited demand for in-person services like restaurant meals, and people have compensated by buying physical goods like cars and household appliances. Real purchases of consumer durables are still running more than 20 percent above the prepandemic level, while purchases of services have only recently returned to their level of two years ago.
And supply chains have had a hard time keeping up with surging goods purchases....

Econ 101 tells us what should happen in the face of skewed demand and constrained supply: The prices of the things people are scrambling to buy should rise relative to the prices of things people are still shunning. Sure enough, the ratio of the price index for durable goods to that for services has risen substantially, reversing its normal technology-driven downward trend.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/06/opinion/inflation-unemployment-economy-growth.html

I hope you're right, definitely an uneven recovery, we are back in a soft-lockdown in Ontario again, the US is still fully open but we aren't.  I think what will also change post covid will be education, career and job choices, it's gonna be computer science, engineering, stuff like that, not video or photography or music as a career path or even retail.....they are headed to the homeless shelters right now.   https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2021/12/29/she-lost-her-job-his-building-sold-these-are-some-of-thousands-of-people-who-became-homeless-in-toronto-this-year.html


« Reply #38 on: January 08, 2022, 08:45 »
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Honestly, when were "the arts" ever really a viable career path? :)

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #39 on: January 08, 2022, 09:51 »
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Honestly, when were "the arts" ever really a viable career path? :)

Rarely, very few ever make it, and I mean, "the arts" to include, art, music, writing, acting, skill and imagination, or creative expression. Good point.

« Reply #40 on: January 08, 2022, 10:30 »
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I have a question regarding model release. does customer get the model release when they download the content with model release ?

Level6

« Reply #41 on: January 08, 2022, 10:39 »
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Honestly, when were "the arts" ever really a viable career path? :)

Great point although before April 1 2019 happened I was making $140k to $160k/year when you added up my P5, SS, and videoblocks revenue, and I've read that others did much better in stock before the agencies cut pay and started doing direct deals with distributors and buyers leaving us with a few one-off sales.

Today though I would 1000% not recommend it, I think it's borderline fraud that the colleges and universities here still sell those programs as viable career opportunities, we have 16-17 year old high school students going to these career fairs and being told this is a great career opportunity.

Music was a career for some but now unless your big enough to tour you're paying to come to work with that you can make off Spotify, it's worse than stock video.

There's no money in it today, anything arts related but maybe it could be a side gig that pays once in awhile but not a job.

There's no money in free.

I just regret so much not getting out when April 1 2019 happened, could have got out debt free too.










Level6

« Reply #42 on: January 08, 2022, 10:41 »
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Honestly, when were "the arts" ever really a viable career path? :)

Rarely, very few ever make it, and I mean, "the arts" to include, art, music, writing, acting, skill and imagination, or creative expression. Good point.

but now the end product is basically free so no matter how good or creative you are there is no money in free or nearly free music or stock or anything else that's been devalued and disrupted by startups.


« Reply #43 on: January 08, 2022, 11:26 »
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Honestly, when were "the arts" ever really a viable career path? :)

Great point although before April 1 2019 happened I was making $140k to $160k/year when you added up my P5, SS, and videoblocks revenue, and I've read that others did much better in stock before the agencies cut pay and started doing direct deals with distributors and buyers leaving us with a few one-off sales.

Today though I would 1000% not recommend it, I think it's borderline fraud that the colleges and universities here still sell those programs as viable career opportunities, we have 16-17 year old high school students going to these career fairs and being told this is a great career opportunity.

Music was a career for some but now unless your big enough to tour you're paying to come to work with that you can make off Spotify, it's worse than stock video.

There's no money in it today, anything arts related but maybe it could be a side gig that pays once in awhile but not a job.

There's no money in free.

I just regret so much not getting out when April 1 2019 happened, could have got out debt free too.

First I have serious doubts that you can go from 160k per year to 0 per month overnight. Secondly, where did you spend all the money? Because those are big amounts. You certainly knew, that wont last forever, don't you have any savings?


« Reply #44 on: January 08, 2022, 11:52 »
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Honestly, when were "the arts" ever really a viable career path? :)

Great point although before April 1 2019 happened I was making $140k to $160k/year when you added up my P5, SS, and videoblocks revenue, and I've read that others did much better in stock before the agencies cut pay and started doing direct deals with distributors and buyers leaving us with a few one-off sales.

Today though I would 1000% not recommend it, I think it's borderline fraud that the colleges and universities here still sell those programs as viable career opportunities, we have 16-17 year old high school students going to these career fairs and being told this is a great career opportunity.

Music was a career for some but now unless your big enough to tour you're paying to come to work with that you can make off Spotify, it's worse than stock video.

There's no money in it today, anything arts related but maybe it could be a side gig that pays once in awhile but not a job.

There's no money in free.

I just regret so much not getting out when April 1 2019 happened, could have got out debt free too.

First I have serious doubts that you can go from 160k per year to 0 per month overnight. Secondly, where did you spend all the money? Because those are big amounts. You certainly knew, that wont last forever, don't you have any savings?

For those of you paying attention... has anyone noticed Level6 goes from 160K per year to filing for bankruptcy? All over the board.

I don't think the elevator is going to the top floor.


Uncle Pete

  • Great Place by a Great Lake - My Home Port
« Reply #45 on: January 08, 2022, 12:44 »
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I have a question regarding model release. does customer get the model release when they download the content with model release ?

My understanding is, No because of privacy issues. You wouldn't want a models name and address and personal information available.




« Reply #46 on: January 08, 2022, 12:46 »
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Honestly, when were "the arts" ever really a viable career path? :)

Great point although before April 1 2019 happened I was making $140k to $160k/year when you added up my P5, SS, and videoblocks revenue, and I've read that others did much better in stock before the agencies cut pay and started doing direct deals with distributors and buyers leaving us with a few one-off sales.

Today though I would 1000% not recommend it, I think it's borderline fraud that the colleges and universities here still sell those programs as viable career opportunities, we have 16-17 year old high school students going to these career fairs and being told this is a great career opportunity.

Music was a career for some but now unless your big enough to tour you're paying to come to work with that you can make off Spotify, it's worse than stock video.

There's no money in it today, anything arts related but maybe it could be a side gig that pays once in awhile but not a job.

There's no money in free.

I just regret so much not getting out when April 1 2019 happened, could have got out debt free too.

Also, you said you were making 3000$ per month at pond5, that 36k per year, where did the rest of the 100k came from, even if half of that was coming from videoblocks, you'd still make 50k per year at SS, did sales there stopped overnight too?

Uncle Pete

  • Great Place by a Great Lake - My Home Port
« Reply #47 on: January 08, 2022, 12:59 »
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What recession? Canada is not in a recession at the moment. Neither is the US...

The portfolio could be around content that is not popular right now. For example travel.

Or the portfolio could be "for example" all of mine which nothing is popular right now? LOL  :) Talk about slippery slope, race to the bottom and tipping point. I fell over the edge of the cliff. I need to think new and find something that's interesting for buyers, that isn't ordinary and over produced. But for today and tomorrow, it's the NFL...

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #48 on: January 08, 2022, 13:04 »
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Depends on what industry you're in I guess, I am in Ontario and in Ontario and Quebec it's near impossible to find any job and I've been looking since the summer, every homeless shelter in southern Ontario is 100% full and it's not all drug addicts, it's people who can't find work and pay rent and our rents have gone to the moon as well, $1200/month for a tiny student room, $3000 for an apartment if you can find one and they want a "letter of employment" and you need to be a working professional, the grocery store doesn't cut it.

I'll be honest, I grew up here, was always working since I was 15, all through school and after and this is the first time I find myself unemployed and I'm not fussy, "anything I can do" is how I look at it and I am a workaholic and enjoy being busy but we all can't become full stack developers over night, there's jobs there and in cybersecurity but it's a good 2-4 years of being back in school full time to retrain and then compete with those who started coding at 12.

Hope you find something soon.
Meanwhile, this might help, though you might need to switch in the Canadian equivalents.
https://www.ramseysolutions.com/dave-ramsey-7-baby-steps

I don't agree with everything DR says, but the baby steps make sense. Just jump in where you are.

« Reply #49 on: January 08, 2022, 14:14 »
+1
Honestly, when were "the arts" ever really a viable career path? :)

Rarely, very few ever make it, and I mean, "the arts" to include, art, music, writing, acting, skill and imagination, or creative expression. Good point.

right & STEM majors were already outperforming any classical liberal arts in universities


 

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