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*poos self* Job Interview \m/

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by mrk, 17 Jan 2006.

  1. mrk

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: South Coast

    Hello! well recently I appllied to 2 jobs, 1 as a PC technician for a new local site from Captec systems and one for Princess Cruises as a cruiseship photographer.

    The cruise ship interview is at 9.30am and it's a few hours of presentation + interview with everyone els ethat applied. I was told on the phone that even if they like all the applicants then they can offer them the job too, I guess each applicant would be situated on a different vessel !

    I'm looking forward to it majorly :O but even if they don't like the "cut of my jib" I will have learnt something new and seen how a CS Photog does his or her job! - If I do get it though then it's a free holiday around the globe and all equipment/flights provided and paid for :eek:


    This is too intense to sleep on folks :o
     
  2. TerraS

    Mobster

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    Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Good Luck. :)
     
  3. bmwx12

    Gangster

    Joined: 31 Dec 2004

    Posts: 195

    Wow that is excellent news. You have worked very hard to get where you are today. Have you even purchased a new camera yet? Anyway I'm sure I will state what everyone else is thinking, and good luck. We all know you have the talent to make it.
     
  4. Spike_UK

    Wise Guy

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    Very nice, good luck!
     
  5. mrgubby

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    Location: 30 miles north of London

    Good Luck & remember us when you get discount tickets :D
     
  6. Richard T

    Mobster

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    Location: Right here, right now!

    lol... talk about get in there quick!! :p


    good luck matey :D
     
  7. Johnny|lucidcomposure

    Sgarrista

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    The best of luck to you!
     
  8. morgan

    Wise Guy

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    good luck robbie. I'm sure you will shine. if it doesnt work out you can help me out with a few weddings this year ;)
     
  9. cyKey

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    GL :)
     
  10. divine`

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    Location: Southampton University

    Best of Luck to you...

    D200
     
  11. cyKey

    Sgarrista

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    Talk about reverse psychology. I saw;

    20D

    ;)
     
  12. chez

    Hitman

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    Wow, you're right, that REALLY is going in reverse ;) :D

    Best of luck Robbie - let us know how it goes :)
     
  13. MrSix

    Soldato

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    Location: Los Angeles

    lol at the reverse psychology - and good luck mate :)
     
  14. mrk

    Man of Honour

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    lol... getting a 20d and 24-105 btw :p

    The presentation was good, gave me excellent insight into the life of a cruiseship photographer and this is ultimately where it sort of fell apart. Let me explain:

    The "contract" is basically a fullt ime job but each contract is you being on a cruiseshi whereever it is in the world for 5 months photographing the passengers and each itinerary - The work hours are 10-12 hours but on first boarding of each new passenger load the first day can be in excess of 14 hours especially with the cocktail party and captains circle dinner which are to be photographed etc...


    Now I don't mind workng hard but the pay to me wasn't worth the hard work and the shore/port leave time was only like a day or so to do a spot of sight seeing which was alright. The pay at level 1 which most people start at is $700 a month with a $700 commission, this is the pay that a photographer is to expect, he or she can get more depending on the ships sales figures for that itinerary. You get paid in cash and do not get tax taken off though. The ship has its own banking system so you can wire your pay over to a UK bank but this takes around 2 weeks which isn't ideal and using an offshore bank will just cause hassle due to the language barrier and also incase funds go "missing".

    This also ultimately means I won't be able to keep my car at home since each contract is 6 months, when you are flown back home you have 4-6 weeks leave time in which you use as holiday/home time then will be flown to the next ship that you will be on so paying tax/insurance on a car that will hardly be driven would not be a wise decision. I do not want to do this nor do I want to spend such long periods away from home. Before the presentation I was under the impression it was only a brief contract period to earn a bit of good money and have fun too. Sure it is fun because you get full use of the ships features but the long hours means most peeps would probably be too tired to do anything fun with the time they do get spare throughout each week.

    Also each photographer needs to apply for a USA C1 Visa in order to be able to be flown in and out of the states, this costs £70 or so and we also have to have a eng1 medical cert giiven which also costs around £60. The visa lasts however long *** US embasy grants you the visa for and the med cert lasts for a similar timeframe so these need to be renewed which is a pain in the butt having to go to london and wait several hours at the embassy and suchlike.

    The 5 of us at the interiew/presentation today will be notified by mail if we have been accepted or not within a few days and can then make a final yes/no decision.

    Oh well, in the end it's not a job I can say yes too, sure it's great for uni/college leavers who want a minimum expense job but can save some cash in the process and see the world but the long hours, weak pay and sales driven performance required as well as the time away from home and the adaptation of my funds means it's not suited to me.

    Gonna try Packshot Factory I think and also await to hear from Captec :)

    The hunt continues!
     
  15. cyKey

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    Gotta admit, I did find the idea of a cruise ship a little less appealing than you had hyped it :) I did think you would be stuck on board taking pics of drunk 50yd olds boogieing the night away :D Shame though. Woulda been great if it was less hours and more freedom.
     
  16. skiba

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    I've seen some of your pics and have to say I think you would be wasted on a cruise ship.
     
  17. THE BEAST

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    Hi Dude can you tell me where you getting your 24-105 from & how much i am looking for one myself.

    Cheers
     
  18. mrk

    Man of Honour

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    ^_^

    I guess I would much rather work a 9-5 in IT and have my weekends/evenings free to TomTom around the country shooting stuff :D

    I'm glad I went though to this interview, at least now I know what it's like than merely hearing what people say about it. I know it's not for me that's for sure!
     
  19. Joe T

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    Are you asking for a competitor?
     
  20. mrk

    Man of Honour

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    the lens is £695 from most UK stores