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Right Moves: GoFor No More

Myrna Kresh



Myrna Kresh, has 30 years of experience working with emerging and established photographers. Formerly the Executive Director of the Advertising Photographers of New York, Myrna energized and expanded APNY’s Assistant and Emerging Photographer Programs and has a profound understanding of what it really takes to make it as a pro. Myrna is an industry insider, producing and representing visual artists, in their commercial and personal projects.

Dear Right Moves,

How long is too long to be an intern who’s running and schlepping. This is not the job I signed on for. I’m the studio gofor and I’m sick of it.

GoFor No More, Newark, New Jersey

Dear GoFor No More,

If you’re working as an intern and you are NOT learning something, LEAVE. If you are certain that you are being taken advantage of, LEAVE. If you work 50-60 hours per week and nobody says, “Thank you and well done,” LEAVE. But, if you are learning something, have done everything you can to be helpful and have worked there for a reasonable period of time (a month), ask if it’s possible to receive a stipend, as working without any compensation is something you just cannot afford to do. Interning in a studio is a right of passage in this business. It’s not intended to be enjoyable.

To submit your advice questions to Right Moves, send an email to myrna@myrnak.com.

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