I create buzz for musicians in the press, social media plus photography.
Coffee, walk, emails. Emails come in from publicists and bands from around the country. I sort them by importance, delete what isn't necessary, organize what ones that can be into folders, then begin the processing of answering the priority set ones. When clearance comes in for an interview or for photo coverage/review, the task of researching begins. Excellent questions for interviews or reviews only comes with research. From there I do photo editing for bands I have photographed.
When young people ask me how to be a concert photographer/ journalist I tell them first learn how to use a pro camera, listen to others, ask questions that can lead to other questions, and write. Start a blog, attend local concerts, network, show an interest. Then, start attending music festivals, travel to as many as you can and network yourself! Smile, be polite, look to capture a photo of a band that no one else is doing, and learn to ask deeper questions by knowing who you are engaging.
Here's the first step for high school students
Start young. The earlier you start running your own business, whatever that might be, the further ahead you will be. For music: In high school write about the bands your friends with . Interview your music teacher. Set up your own blog. Then learn how to market the bands you are writing about and photographing. You can use social media, create flyers by using graphic arts tools, create logos and t-shirts for bands. There is so much you can do to be your own boss in the music industry!
"There's no money in it. How will you pay your bills? And at other times the noise was silence and it still is today many times. I will tell a family member about a client I just got or how I am being sent to cover something and they will say nothing."