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The Media 1099 Podcast

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The Media 1099 Podcast is created for the freelance photographer and videographer in mind. With freelancing becoming a more and more dominant presence in the industry, understanding the road of a 1099 life is all the more important. Join us for insight on industry trends, business practices, and ins… read more

95 Episodes | 2018 - 2021

Tyler Douglas Interview

January 12th, 2021


Tyler Douglas is an experienced art director and sports & active lifestyle photographer, specializing in peak athletic expression in the outdoors and environmental portraits.  We sat down with him to talk about …

Lifestyle Photography with Genevieve Davis

September 15th, 2020


What does it take to kickstart a photography career?  Today we talk to lifestyle photographer, Genevieve Davis, about how her passion for motorcycles and travel opened up the doors to a flourishing photography career. …

Media 1099 Book Club #3

August 26th, 2020


Similar to having accountability partners, creating your very own book club can be a great way to stay motivated in your self-education.  Today, we're going over some of the books that have stuck with us this year.  

"Creating a Fantastic Wedding Experience for Your Client" with Amber Garrett

August 14th, 2020


How do I create a client-experience so positive, that 3rd party marketing organically does all the work for me?  In our latest creative interview with Las Vegas wedding-photojournalist, Amber Garrett, we discuss how she …

Economic Projections

August 1st, 2020


Understanding what the economy is doing can improve your freelancing business decisions.  In this episode, we’re discussing both large and small scale economic issues in the country; diving into some US recession …

Artist Talk with Photojournalist, Michael Goulding

July 20th, 2020


Excited to launch our latest interview with award winning Southern California photojournalist, Michael Goulding.  In this episode, we discuss Mike's …

2020 Quarter 2 Review

June 20th, 2020


Q2 of 2020 has been one of the most interesting quarters to date.  We're not only assessing our goals, but also reflecting on the current events of the last few months.  It has been a testing time for so many, and we …

"Bee Fearless and Create" with Photographer, Bee Alyssa Trofort

May 13th, 2020


Fitness and athletic photographer, Bee Alyssa Trofort, joins the show to talk about her journey through college, internships, and developing …

Artist Talk with Photographer, Aaron Anderson

April 29th, 2020


Portrait photographer, Aaron Anderson, joins our studio to discuss  a number of topics on style and crafting personal projects; from budgeting to scouting to connecting with his subjects before the shoot.  We also …

Quaran-"TIME" Management

April 9th, 2020


If there is a silver lining to being quarantined, it is the opportunity to reinvest your time in productive ways you otherwise couldn't.  What …

Reviewing Our 2020 Q1 Goals

March 27th, 2020


We're reviewing our Q1 goals for 2020 and penciling in our Q2 goals.  Don't be afraid to lock in your short term goals on paper and share them with an accountability partner.  It has the power to turn your aspirations …

An Intro to Intellectual Property with IP attorney, Andrew Nelson

March 19th, 2020


As content creators, we live in a world of immediate publishing and rampant infringement.  Understanding Intellectual property is an important part about being a creative entrepreneur.  Today we're lucky to have IP …

Freelancer's Take on COVID-19

March 13th, 2020


The world economy has already seen changes as a result of the global pandemic, COVID-19.  We're discussing our first reactions to how this impacts …

The Growing Pains of Podcasting

March 4th, 2020


We've cleared 80 episodes producing this podcast, and none of it has been easy.  In this episode, we discuss the trials and tribulations of growing a …

Grow Your Networking Confidence

February 26th, 2020


For a lot of us, networking face to face is not easy.  It makes us uncomfortable because we feel like we suck at it.  What do I say?  How do I stand?  What the hell do I do with my hands?  There's no one-size, fits all …

De-Risking the Move to Self-Employment with Matthew Baker

February 17th, 2020


Pushing all your chips in on self-employment comes with many challenges, both financially and personally.  Today, Matthew Baker, senior VP of Corporate Strategy and International expansion at Freshbooks accounting, will …

Freelance Health

February 4th, 2020


The transition into a full self-employed lifestyle can provide challenges for everyone.  How do you manage the time to build healthier habits that …

The Art of Proactive Marketing with photographer, James Patrick

January 21st, 2020


In today's landscape, many photographers and creatives have a reactive marketing mindset, in which they post some form of promotion and expect to get calls flooding in asking for their work.  The reality is we have to …

Simplifying Quarterly Taxes

January 15th, 2020


Taxes can be intimidating for freelancers, particularly creative, right-brained ones.  Today we're trying to simplify quarterly taxes so that you can …

Goal Setting in the New Year

January 7th, 2020


Reflection is an important facet to your goal setting.  The successes and failures you experience will have a big impact on your direction going forward.  Today we're reviewing our 2019 and our goals for 2020.  

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Social Media 2020

December 24th, 2019


Algorithms are constantly changing for social media platforms, but the business models generally don't.  Their mindset is to keep you engaging with the app as long as possible.  The more time you spend on the app, the …

Media 1099 Book Club, part 2

December 12th, 2019


What have we been reading since we last got together to talk books?  Join us to find out what reading material has inspired us in the latest Media …

How To Manage Your Freelancing Cash Flow

December 5th, 2019


Have you ever wondered what cash flow was?  Have you ever wondered how a business could be profitable but run out of money?  We're diving in on why …

Black Friday Strategies

November 25th, 2019


Be careful with consumerism freelancers!  It's the holiday season, and it's easy to be tempted by the many "great" deals popping up in your emails …

Interview with Photographer, Matt Brown; part 1

November 20th, 2019


The first part of our wonderful in-depth interview with commercial/editorial photographer, Matt Brown.  We sat down to discuss his upbringing in …

Interview with photographer, Matt Brown; Part 2

November 20th, 2019


In part 2 of our in-depth interview with commercial/editorial photographer, Matt Brown, we dive into building new skill sets to keep you in demand, and developing creativity outside of photography to keep you fresh. …

Adobe Max 2019

November 11th, 2019


Today, we're talking about the 2019 Adobe Max Conference and how these products and services can help us create better content.  

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What's Happening in Print Journalism?

October 30th, 2019


In recent weeks, we’ve noticed some major shake ups in the journalism industry, with a couple major publications taking aggressive action in regard to its employees.  Sports Illustrated laid off many of its journalists …

Are We Reaching Our Goals?

October 24th, 2019


It's that time of year where Robert and Michael review their 2019 progress as accountability partners.  Have the goals been met?  Have the goals been surpassed?  Have the goals changed?  Is the podcast where they want …

Interview with Content Creator and Entrepreneur, Ty Washington

October 12th, 2019


We're so excited to bring on more creative guests today, especially ones with business savvy.  Ty Washington, managing partner of Wave Tech Media, joins the podcast to discusses his journey from starting a small …

Roundtable Discussion with Photographer, Benedick David

October 3rd, 2019


Today, our friend and colleague, Benedick David, dropped by the Media 1099 studio to talk about getting into professional photography. We riffed on a …

How Does California AB5 Impact Creative Freelancers?

September 20th, 2019


There are new changes to California employment law with the AB5 going into effect at the start of 2020.  With this bill, California businesses will face more scrutiny and restrictions in how they classify their workers. …

An Interview with USA Today Photographer, Robert Hanashiro

August 21st, 2019


An introspective look at the newspaper industry and the 30 year career of USA Today Photographer, Robert Hanashiro.  Whether it's transitioning from film to digital, or from the Olympics to the Academy Awards, Robert's …

How to Build Your Asset Column with Passive Income

August 14th, 2019


If you are the only asset in your business, you are not an entrepreneur.  You are a contractor and a freelancer.  And if that is ok with you, more power to you.  We love the freelance life.  But we're also striving for …

Freelancing And Saving Money Is Not Impossible

August 8th, 2019


Have you heard the saying "saving is for losers"?  The premise behind this message is simple; the average interest rate for a savings account earns you on average a 0.09% return, while the national rate of inflation …

Interview with photographer, Matt Gush

July 31st, 2019


It's always great to get talent in the studio, and today, we're lucky enough to have LA photographer, Matt Gush, join the podcast to talk about …

Minimalism and Photography

July 24th, 2019


Minimalism can be summed up as the the pursuit of less in an effort to live a more purposeful and free life.  While minimalism is most commonly …

Writing Better Estimates and Invoices

July 17th, 2019


Improving the quality of your pricing estimates and invoices doesn't seem super glamorous, but it can help you stand out from the crowd and build trust with your clients.  It can even help you get paid faster and more …

2019 First Half Year Review

July 10th, 2019


How are you meeting the goals you set for yourself at the start of the year?  Are you creating more, are you improving your business?  In this episode, Michael and Robert discuss the first half year and what areas …

Videography Freelancing with Justin Ogden

June 11th, 2019


Freelancing as a still photographer can be challenging when clients constantly seek out visual innovation outside of traditional photography services .  Providing videography in conjunction with your photography can be …

Is There Really Any Harm in Working for Free?

June 5th, 2019


Most creative freelancers start off with a proposal of trading work for experience, rather than money.  Maybe it will help you build relationships and get your foot in the door, or maybe it will platoon your career …

The Importance of Creating Work/Life Balance

May 29th, 2019


Being an entrepreneur or self employed professional can often require a lot of personal sacrifices in order to achieve your goals, but it doesn't …

The Media 1099 Book Club

May 21st, 2019


We're diving into the first ever Media 1099 Book Club gathering, where we find out what Michael and Robert are currently reading and how it pertains to their battles as freelancers.  

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The Sports Shooter Academy Workshop

May 15th, 2019


Stuck in a rut?  Try workshopping your career.  Benjamin Franklin once said "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."  Whether you're a photographer, designer, or musician, workshops are incredible and easily …

Two Designers Walk Into A Podcast

May 7th, 2019


Today we're talking with graphic designers, Justine Taylor, and Blanca Navarro about building a freelancing mindset.  

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Freelancers vs Debt

May 1st, 2019


Today, debt has become the most aggressively marketed product in the history of the world.  If you were born after 1970, chances are you've grown up …

2019 1st Quarter Review

April 9th, 2019


A lot of people set goals for themselves at the start of the new year, and we're no different.  With the tax filing deadline coming up, we thought it …

How We Created Our Podcast

April 2nd, 2019


With such a low entry cost to production and a variety of affordable equipment at your disposal, starting your own podcast has never been as easy as it is right now.  As we celebrate our first benchmark (episode #50!), …

The Power of Positive Thinking

March 27th, 2019


Being a freelancer can be a lonely process at times.  It's a lifestyle that can evoke fulfillment and joy, but simultaneously induce anxiety, stress, …

Photography and Direct Mail Marketing

March 20th, 2019


Advertising your photography services through Direct Mail Marketing may not be the trendiest, nor cost effective, method in the Social Media era, but it seems to be an effective one for many freelancers and small …

Streamlining a Better Workflow

March 13th, 2019


One of the hardest aspects of freelancing is streamlining workflow and managing your time amidst the chaos of a free flowing business.  How do you get the day started?  How do you respond to emails as efficiently as …

Freelancing In The Gig Economy

March 6th, 2019


The  growth of the Gig Economy is rapidly redefining the American workforce each and everyday, and it's forcing every generation to reconsider the traditional corporate working model for their careers.  Working hard and …

SEO For Photographers

February 26th, 2019


We all have to reach out to prospectives to get leads, but now and then it's great to be found.  In this episode, we dive in on building up our S.E.O game through keywording, archiving and organic networking.  

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The Creative Plateau

February 19th, 2019


It's not easy taking our work to the next level, whatever level that may be.  Hitting that creative wall and and trying to break through can be exhausting and frustrating when you feel like you keep producing the same …

Sole Proprietor Taxes

February 12th, 2019


It's tax season baby!  It's that time of year where 1099's have been hitting your doorstep and you need to start setting aside time to organize for the filing deadline.  But where to start?  What forms do I need to …

Why do We Suck at Networking?

February 6th, 2019


Networking is a tough sell for creatives, but it's important in expanding your reach and accessibility.  In this episode, Michael and Robert discuss the challenges they've faced building professional relationships in …

Managing Lifestyle Inflation

January 29th, 2019


Ever notice that even with more income, your financial situation stays  exactly same?  A boost in clients didn't increase your net worth, it only added more expenses.  That big promotion was stymied by the new car or …

Understanding Professional Photography Insurance

January 22nd, 2019


As self-employed creatives, insurance becomes a necessary measure for our profession.  In this episode, Michael and Robert discuss the role that …

How Should I Price My Photography?

January 15th, 2019


Determining your rates as a creative freelancer is a constant learning experience.  Should you price yourself by hour or by flat rate?  What is a …

The Holiday Hangover

January 8th, 2019


A freelancer's daily rituals can be held hostage due to the steamrolling force of the holidays.  Whether it's our day to day operations being …

Photography Resolutions

January 1st, 2019


Adios 2018!  It's a new year with new resolutions.  In this episode, Robert and Michael discuss their 2019 goals for their business and personal …

Will Freelancing Make me Happier?

December 28th, 2018


Jumping into freelancing is not just a numbers game.  It's a true lifestyle to commit to.  The most important question in this quest is whether or not this lifestyle will make you happier.  In this episode, Robert and …

The Importance of Negotiation

December 17th, 2018


Negotiating with prospective clients can be intimidating, but it shouldn't be terrifying. If anything, it should be an encouraging sign that a client …

To Social Media or Not to Social Media

December 11th, 2018


Social Media is a time and energy consuming machine. Is it worth it? What's the ROI on social media marketing? Listen in and hear our take on how much time to spend on developing your marketing brand.


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The Benefits of a Side Hustle

December 11th, 2018


A large portion of creatives will start out balancing a full-time job with freelance projects on the side. Graphic designer, Blanca Navarro, rejoins …

Freelancing 101 with Graphic Designer, Blanca Navarro.

November 27th, 2018


Getting started as a freelancer can be the hardest part of a creative career. Graphic designer, Blanca Navarro, joins the show to share her insight on the value of a strong concept, taking on the right projects, and …

Marketing Strategies for the Holidays

November 22nd, 2018


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Perfect opportunity for us to discuss how we're going into the Holidays from both the creative and consumer side. …

To Blog or Not to Blog?

November 20th, 2018


If you're a full-time freelancer, you're already busy enough seeking out clients, drafting contracts, and working on your craft. Should you be …

Is College Necessary to be a Creative Professional?

November 13th, 2018


If you're looking to venture into creative career paths, what is the best way? What are the advantages and disadvantages of going to school for your …

The Importance of Maintaining Creativity

October 29th, 2018


Most people think of themselves as creative, but not many people actively create. In this episode, Robert and Michael discuss how important it is to break free from the excuses we all use and how transformative creative …

Gear Takes up Space. How Do I manage?

October 29th, 2018


Let's face the facts. We buy a lot of gear. Some of it is useful. Some of it is so important, we can't work without it. But there's enough that is …

Photography Gear and Buzz Terms

October 29th, 2018


Crop sensor vs Full Frame. Prime vs zoom lenses. Megapixel counts. Fast stops. What's really that important in equipment? Which direction should I …

Should I really care about Copyright?

October 29th, 2018


As the years go on, companies seem to stipulate more and more Work For Hire terms from their photographers. With that being the case, should …

Wedding Photography Workflow

October 2nd, 2018


It seems like every photographer, no matter what specialty, will be asked to photograph a wedding at some point. Whether you do or don't is entirely up to you, but if you do say yes, it's good to have a basic …

Deciphering the "Hero Shot"

October 2nd, 2018


Why are your clients asking for a "hero shot" and what do they mean by it? In this episode, Robert and Michael discuss the varying definitions of hero shots depending on the job, and how best to deliver the ideal images …

Hanging with Josh Barber; Part 2

September 24th, 2018


Freelance photographers, Josh, Robert, and Michael, continue their conversation on building their careers and making the jump from amateur to professional photography.


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Hanging with Josh Barber; Part 1.

September 24th, 2018


Freelance photographer, Josh Barber, joins the program to discuss his journey from the East Coast to SoCal in pursuits of his photography goals. What was it like facing early challenges and what skills were needed to …

Nikon Joins the Mirrorless Revolution!

September 5th, 2018


In the last few years, the mirrorless camera has made huge strides in the market. Using Nikon's new Z Series as a launching off point, Robert and Michael discuss the benefits of working with a smaller and lighter …

Photography Lighting: Strobe vs Flash

September 5th, 2018


Introducing lighting into your toolkit is one of the best ways to distinguish your work from other photographers, but where do you start? Do you go …

Client Acquisition vs Client Retention

September 5th, 2018


What does it cost to acquire and retain clients in the freelance world? Is one more important than the other? Which strategy has the greater return? In this episode, Robert and Michael discuss some marketing tips and …

"I'm So Busy, I Must Be Killing It!"

September 5th, 2018


Is being busy all that it's cracked up to be? Is always shooting the best measure of success? Should I be working harder or smarter? In this episode, …

The Myth of Exposure

September 5th, 2018


Exposure for compensation? Robert and Michael discuss the ramifications of working for free and the principals behind valuing your work.


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Is There Life in Print Publications?

August 15th, 2018


Robert and Michael have a casual conversation about the trends in the print world, how it affects the market, and its future outlook.


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Everyone is a Photography Expert

August 15th, 2018


Robert and Michael discuss the resources they use to expand their creative and business knowledge. From finance books to Youtube videos to photography workshops, there's no one way to do it. Listen in to these two …

So You Want to Build a Portfolio?

August 15th, 2018


What's the best way to start a portfolio building process? Robert and Michael discuss portfolio and website techniques that attract clients and help …

Traveling with Gear

August 8th, 2018


Robert and Michael discuss how they pack their gear for a job. Whether they're jumping on a flight or packing things in the car, listen in to hear how much thought these two freelancers put into their travel assignments.

Everyone Works a "Bad" Gig

August 8th, 2018


Robert and Michael discuss the inevitability of working bad jobs in the freelance market, the lessons they learn from taking them, and where they go from there.


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Digital Workflow

August 7th, 2018


Robert and Michael discuss how important it is to nail your post processing workflow. Join us to learn how these two freelance media creators save time editing, and spend more time shooting.


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Prepping for a Photoshoot!

August 7th, 2018


So you have a shoot coming up? How exciting! Robert and Michael, discuss the measures involved in preparing for a shoot. Whether it's a personal …

Learning From Movies

August 7th, 2018


Robert and Michael have a casual conversation about pulling inspiration from movies and putting it into their own work.


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"If Only I Knew Then What I Know Now"

August 7th, 2018


Experience is the greatest teacher, but true mentorship expedites the learning process. Robert and Michael discuss some of the best career advice they've received and how transformative it was for their creative and …

The Photography Landscape

August 7th, 2018


Robert and Michael discuss the ever evolving photography industry and the challenges that go into staying current in a "gig economy".


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Creative Collaboration

August 7th, 2018


Robert and Michael discuss why creative collaboration is so important to building a strong portfolio and a good foundation for snowballing your …

Shiny New Toys

August 7th, 2018


Photographers are gear junkies! Robert and Michael dive into the best and worst purchases they've made and what they would do differently if they …

The Instagram Culture

August 7th, 2018


Robert and Michael, talk about the evolving Instagram Culture that photographers live in, the ratio of consumption to contribution, and how best to …

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