Full-time position available at Macbeth Studio.
We have a position to fill on the Macbeth team, effective immediately.
We need a Jack (or Jill) of All Trades. Let's face it, we're looking for a unicorn... someone who's good at lots of things (see duties below), who has the right attitude, and is willing to jump in on whatever task is going on — this could mean a day on the water filming from an airboat, or hours in the office retouching individual strands of hair for a client’s headshot. No two days are the same around here. Our team works hard, and we get the opportunity to shoot some amazing stuff, and meet great people while we’re at it.
We are calling this position "studio apprentice" because it's basically learning to do all the things that make the studio run smoothly and keep our clients happy.
This is a full-time opportunity, starting at $15/hr. If this sounds like something you'd like, read on!
STUDIO APPRENTICE DAILY DUTIES:
Digital Asset Management A fancy way of saying "keeping track of All The Things." We shoot tens of thousands of photos and videos in an average year, and it is critical that every file is named properly and filed on the server so we can find it again quickly.
Managing the client proofing process. The process from importing files from camera memory cards to posting proofing galleries for clients requires attention to detail.
Retouching. Familiarity with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop is very important. Our studio runs on these two programs. Retouching skills are a big plus, but we will train you on our specific technique to achieve our signature portrait look.
Studio set up / clean up. You'll make sure the right strobes, modifiers, backgrounds, and camera gear are in place and tested before each studio shoot, and that the right gear is in the traveling cases in advance of each location assignment. Checklists are key. Location shoots require some heavy lifting (travel cases weigh 60 lbs), and diplomacy (setting up gear while chatting with anxious + curious clients).
Behind-the-scenes for social media. You’ll be helping to shoot BTS in the studio and on location, select images and videos to post to Facebook, Instagram, and our blog. This includes having a great eye for what looks good and is worth showing off, and being able to craft well-written copy.
Second-shooting photography and video. We often take on jobs that require (or benefit from) a second-shooter. If you have a good eye and are technically proficient, you'll be a valuable asset on location assignments.
Video selecting and editing. Do you know your way around Adobe Premiere? Bonus! You may be asked to help choose the best take from a shoot, put together rough cuts, and other duties to help our senior video editor be more efficient. You'll have opportunities to put your own videos together as well.
Willingness to learn new stuff. At Macbeth, every day is different. We strive to stay on top of a changing industry, with new tools, techniques, software and gear appearing regularly. If you like change, you'll like us.
ARE YOU A GOOD FIT FOR MACBETH?
We value the following attributes in every member of our team. Do you fit?
You’re a self-starter with a strong sense of ownership. Macbeth is a team of people who love working together and collaborating, but who don’t need to report in every hour. You’ll be given guidelines on what needs to be done and the freedom to accomplish it in your own way.
You are a perfectionist. Ok, we know that 'perfect is the enemy of the good.' But you're the kind of person who doesn't settle for "good enough," and will take the extra time to make whatever you're working on just a little bit better.
You are a good communicator. When a client has a request, it's critical that they receive a timely, courteous, complete and well-thought-out response. They are the reason we exist, and they get top priority always. Typos are very much frowned upon, and spelling a client's name wrong is punishable by death. (Kidding. Sort of.)
You can see the future. Anticipating problems before they occur, visualizing a location shoot and packing all the necessary gear, thinking through tomorrow's projects and planning accordingly... we need you to have the answer before we know what question we're going to ask. Also, good judgment is critical.
You have a great sense of humor. Like most creative enterprises, we're all over the place. Clients change their minds, weather changes our plans, and circumstances change everything. You must be able to roll with the punches and laugh at the madness.
You play well with creative people. Even if you don't think of yourself as all that creative, you understand how to work with people who are. They can have delicate egos, mood swings, and have a constant need for feedback. Prima donnas can be difficult, but they are the reason we're in business. And clients are often entrepreneurs, who are finding their way. You're always professional and willing to go the extra mile for a client, even when they don't know quite what they're asking for.
You don’t mind helping to make new systems if our current ones don’t work. We’re good at a lot of things, but we have plenty room for improvement. We appreciate people who can see problems, suggest solutions, bring experience from previous positions, and help make things run smoother in our studio every day.
You love trying new things. We are always striving to learn more and get better at what we do, trying new lighting techniques, attending classes, webinars, conferences and Creative Mornings. If we have a day with nothing going on in the studio, we'll give ourselves an assignment.
You want to make the world a better place. An inordinate amount of our time is spent trying to do good things for good people. We want to work with people who give back, who care deeply, who want to leave things a better than they found them. And who clean up after themselves.
You don't mind taking out the trash. A good friend and mentor once said, "everybody has to take out the trash sometimes." What he meant was that if you think you're too important to do the menial tasks, you aren't right for the critical ones. The studio has to be cleaned up, and the coffee cups and wine glasses have to be washed. Everyone takes a turn. (Note: we don't actually have to take out the trash... the building provides that service.)
TELL US WHY YOU BELONG ON THE TEAM.
To apply for one of the internships, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining:
- What particular skills and abilities make you a good fit for this position
- What it is about Macbeth Studio that you particularly like
- What work and other experiences you’ve learned from
include whatever's relevant, even if it's not in our industry
- Why we should hire you over everyone else
we get a lot of applications... what makes you so special?
- How you will make the world a better place
we encourage philanthropy and giving back... what's your soft spot?
- Send a resume if you must
but we care a lot more about reading what you write
- Show us your view of the world.
Portfolio. Instagram. Web site. Whatever you are proud of.
- Don't bore us.
This isn't a job interview for an accounting firm. We want to read interesting, clever responses that showcase your personality.
- Don't wait too long.
The deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, October 6, 2017.
We will review all applications and schedule face-to-face interviews in our studio during the week of October 16.