Upload & Sell: On
I know Larry pretty well, he is dedicated to ISAP, but the reason he is leads back to his heart for people who are young in our profession, hungry for knowledge and opportunity. He is the last person who would edge someone out just because he could.
Truthfully, I don't always share his enthusiasm for cultivating people who would love to step right in and go head to head with me for an assignment. His vision is one of training, instilling professionalism, and bringing people up through the photographic ranks. You know me, I have a kind heart, but I'm a realist. You train someone, tell them what/who/how, and you have just created another person who has the capability of diluting your client base. Altruism aside, that's a dumb move, especially when even the creme de la creme in the aviation photography market are earning a fraction of a living. Because of the relationships we've built here, none of the above applies within the the MA2A walls, outside of those boundaries, intelligent competitive practices ensue.
I know that these days we are supposed to be "fair and equal", I listened to the state of the union address, and the nausea still lingers. Would I ever intentionally fill a spot that has already been spoken for because I could? I think everyone knows the answer to that. Would I knowingly accept an opportunity, or assignment, that was being offered because my relationships gave me the inside track? Most certainly, every time! There's this movement afoot that wants to give a trophy to everyone for showing up, dumb down excellence and achievement because it diminishes someone else. I strongly believe in professional courtesy and ethics, but am equally zealous about individual motivation and aspiration. The current movement seeks to destroy the latter. As I said earlier in this conversation, every job any of us earn, is a job someone else wanted, and for a myriad of reason, we got it, they didn't. Does one use nefarious means to achieve our goal? Hopefully not! Should we use very talent, relationship, hard won trick of the trade to snatch it from any and all that seek the same opportunity? Absolutely! The other effect this should have, that is completely lost on the equality/fairness crowd, is the fact that the outcome should kindle the desire to build a better mouse trap within the person who came in second so as to minimize the chances of that happening in the future.
So, to alleviate any confusion, ISAP didn't knowingly swoop in and take spots from anyone. We were offered an opportunity and we happily accepted for our members. Anything different would be like being offered an assignment and asking the client if there was anyone else who wanted it, before we accepted it.