Apply to Become a Mentor for The Bridge Discussions

by | Jul 6, 2022 | The Bridge

The Bridge is a mentorship program for emerging photographers, combining real world experience with group discussions and in-person mentorship.

We are seeking working artists and creatives, as well as other professionals essential to the photography industry, to be guests and join our real-work group discussions with students of The Bridge.

If you’d like to mark your interest / availability for any or all discussion, please indicate on the sign-up form (link below). We may not be able to include everyone interested in each particular date, so please indicate any available dates on your schedule.

Discussions are scheduled for 3:30 – 5:00 pm, on Mondays or Thursdays, and most of them are on Zoom. For an outline of discussion topics, please read detail below. For more details about the program, view the ASMP Press Release.



Discussion Dates/Topics

Mon July 18: Class 3 – Working With Clients

GUEST DISCUSSION: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Discussion Topics:

  • Who are Clients? Where can I find them?

  • Your Needs / Client Needs

  • Developing effective communication

  • Negotiation and compromise

  • Resolving Creative differences

  • Evaluations of Success

Thu July 21: Class 4 – Expression, Communication, Audience

GUEST DISCUSSION: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Discussion Topics:

  • Understanding audience. Defining audiences.

  • Who are you making your work for?

  • Expression vs Communication

  • Target audiences / clients

  • Different worlds – Different needs – Different genres

  • Impact of Demographics: Is this an accurate reading of an audience?

Mon Aug 1: Class 7 – Evolving Creative Practices

GUEST DISCUSSION: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Discussion Topics:

  • What is your Creative Process?

  • How did that process become practice?

  • Who or what inspires you? How do you respond to inspiration?

  • Evolution of an idea

  • Challenges and pitfalls

  • Developing a unique Creative Point Of View

Thu Aug 4: Class 8 – An Inside Look at Studio Work

LOCATION: Available Work Locations
TIME: 2:00 – 6:00 pm

This session we will bring our students to artist studios, local businesses and creative environments that serve the Industry. If you can host our class in Manhattan/Brooklyn for about 45 min between the hours of 2:00 – 6:00 pm on The Aug 4, please indicate your availability above

  • These studio visits are designed to expose students to real working environments

  • Ideally the proprietor or a representative for the work studio can introduce the students to what kind of work is being done there, and have time for some questions.

  • We will be traveling with a party of up to 16.

  • Our visit will last about 45 minutes in each location.

Mon Aug 8:  Class 9 –  Gaining Visibility in the Attention Economy

GUEST DISCUSSION: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Discussion Topics:

  • What are your goals?

  • What is the value/cost of attention?

  • How can we make money, create sustainability, in an Attention economy

  • How do we make healthy choices with regards to Visibility and online media?

  • What does success mean to you?

  • The Past and Future of Sharing – Social media and beyond

  • Leveraging platforms and building an audience

  • Are you a Brand?

  • How to be aware and protect yourself

Mon Aug 15:  Class 11 – Protect Yourself, Protect Your Work

GUEST DISCUSSION: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

  • Brand maintenance

  • Industry “Standards” and how to navigate them

  • Defining your Boundaries

  • Insurance and liability

  • Copyright

  • IP and Legal Protections

  • Contracts

  • Enforcement

Thu Aug 18:  Class 12 – Protect Your Wallet

LOCATION: Zoom or In-Person TBA
GUEST DISCUSSION: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

  • Negotiating Rates, Usage, Rights, etc

  • Insurance and liability

  • Business plans, cost of doing business, budgeting

  • Agreements, model releases, Invoicing, using simple means?  Starter Kits? Business in a box

  • When things go wrong how do photographers deal with it, learn from it, etc

  • Not paying, late payment, late fees,

  • Conflict from agreements and misunderstandings

  • Unclear language or expectations

  • Communication mindset and strategies


For more information about this program, contact us!