I just deleted my last post entitle "Welcome to Memphis, TN" that I wrote a year ago. Memphis didn't turn out that great for me and here's why.
When we moved there, we picked out a house 30 minutes from downtown because it was cheaper. It was in a suburb where we made very few friends. I managed to get onstage with Boston early on, but I wasn't generating many solid paying clients, so I made my first crucial mistake. I added extra services to my web page thinking it would broaden my audience.
That definitely backfired! Adding portrait, wedding, event, sports, and commercial photography was a stupid idea. The more services I added, the more diluted each of those services became. When I contacted bands I wanted to shoot, they could barely find any band photos on the main page anymore. I imagine that was a big turn-off.
When I first heard we were moving to Columbus Ohio, I couldn't have been more relieved.
The first thing I had to resolve was my living arrangements. I needed to find a dog-friendly house in the city. After many weeks of frustration (thanks for helping Mom!!!), I found a house which I soon learned was technically located in German Village. It's like a movie set here and tourists come from all over to visit. I've already been named "resident photographer" by the German Village Magazine and have had coffee with members of the Society and the Small Business Association.
The second thing I resolved was my business plans. I have made a new web page for ONE niche in photography called www.allaboutthedogs.com. It has already generated a lot of clients despite the frigid cold weather.
Most importantly, www.cynthiahurt.com is on its way back to it what it was originally intended to be. A live music photography website only.
Me, I'm finally back to looking forward to waking up on Monday morning and starting my work week. I simply adore where I am and what I'm doing.
Stay tuned for my interview and photos with Megan Davies at the Rumba Cafe for Music Life Magazine. Look her up on YouTube, she's GREAT!!!
Cindy "the badass"