Professional Photographer - Possible Move to Pt Varas

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Professional Photographer - Possible Move to Pt Varas

Post by Quitou » Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:04 pm

I'm a professional photographer and journalist with an itch to move to the Los Lagos region, most likely Puerto Veras. I have a number of reasons, but after working on an assignment there recently, it seems like where I want to live/work. I can earn much of my income as a writer servicing publications around the English-speaking world and do that from anywhere. I noticed a dearth of professional photography services in Puerto Veras.

How easy is it for a self-employed professional to set up shop in Chile?

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Re: Professional Photographer - Possible Move to Pt Veras

Post by Julito » Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:19 pm

It won't be easy, nothing is easy in Chile, even for Chileans starting out as professional anythings. Do you have Spanish?

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Re: Professional Photographer - Possible Move to Pt Veras

Post by Quitou » Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:32 am

I ask because I regularly encounter information stating that business startups are easier in Chile than in any other South American country. I only know one expat to start a business in the country any while he didn't have any issues, he couldn't offer many specifics for my particular profession.

I guess more information than, "it won't be easy" is what I'm looking for. Nothing in life is easy. :)

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Re: Professional Photographer - Possible Move to Pt Veras

Post by Julito » Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:28 am

We had a professional photographer do a hotel shoot for us yesterday, gratis...long story. He usually works in theatre. Setting up will be the easy part, get your residency then do it. By not easy I mean starting up without a network, and then actually getting paid. For example someone we know organizes events. He quickly learnt to demand 50% up front and the second 50% before turning the sound gear on.

You'd have to do something similar, 50% deposit upon engagement and 50% before full delivery of your work.

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Re: Professional Photographer - Possible Move to Pt Veras

Post by admin » Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:51 am

I'm the last one to nit pick about spelling, but i believe you mean "Puerto Varas". Just some day, another person will come along and want to search for the topic, and not find this thread in the list.
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Re: Professional Photographer - Possible Move to Pt Veras

Post by Quitou » Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:00 am

Julito wrote:
Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:28 am
We had a professional photographer do a hotel shoot for us yesterday, gratis...long story. He usually works in theatre. Setting up will be the easy part, get your residency then do it. By not easy I mean starting up without a network, and then actually getting paid. For example someone we know organizes events. He quickly learnt to demand 50% up front and the second 50% before turning the sound gear on.

You'd have to do something similar, 50% deposit upon engagement and 50% before full delivery of your work.
Superb advice. I've been a freelance journalist and photographer for a very long time. I'm pretty good at chasing payment and even better with protecting deliverables before getting paid. But, that is still a great reminder!

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