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Michael Carty
Artist | Professional | Photography
I am a lover of all the arts, work with me to make something awe-inspiring and beautiful, or macabre and horrific

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Hey Peeps,

Ever have that friend who wants to start a business or make things easier in their current business and for some reason you have this great insight into what they need in order to succeed?

For example, I have a buddy that is working on starting up a brewing company this year.  He knows what he wants to do but he doesn't know what he wants to do.

I have been there - most times I live there.

One night he was explaining some of the things he needed to get nailed down regarding design, marketing, business structure, etc, etc.

For some reason or another, I started spouting the most interesting ideas to help his business and make work easier for him.  I don't know where it came from, creativity + challenge?  

I know nothing of the beer industry except that I can get the stuff in can, bottle or glass and even though I have certain preferences, I don't usually turn down a brand offered me if it is all there is.

After some back-and-forth, my buddy told me the ideas that I was suggesting were great, but he found it funny that they were also pretty common sense and that he just couldn't think them up himself.

I understood.  

I told him that for most people, it is easier to give advise then to take it.  That's probably why it is so hard for people to come up with "common sense" when it comes to their own work.  Maybe it's because it's personal to them.  Maybe it is hard to be objective when dealing with a passion or a dream.

I know for a fact that I normally couldn't come up with as many great ideas for my own business - a business that I've learned a great deal about over the years - as I did with his brewing business.

So whenever I write or message or blog or speak with someone about their work, I make sure that I take notes of my own advice.  The businesses may be different - whole worlds different - but I find that you can translate almost anything that works for one bizz into another.

The idea here is translate - not copy.  There is a HUGE difference between the two.

Let me explain.

Copying an idea or business aspect doesn't always work, and if it does, it won't work as well as translating.  Like using a puzzle piece for a different puzzle that looks like the piece you need; it may do the job - but not very well.

Translating an idea or business aspect works best for your business because it is the right piece for your puzzle.  It fits perfectly, being custom made for your work.

So when you find yourself helping a friend with a work issue - jot that gold down son!  

Look it over later and see what you can do to translate it for your own. Throw out what you don't want or can't use or are already implementing and go from there.

Don't let your creative business mind(creativity + challenge, remember?) go to waste or work for free for someone else when it could work for you because... well, Sometimes The Best Advice Is Your Own.(Yeah, cheesy - whatever, get to the task below in red!!)

What's your best business advice?  Did someone take it?  Did YOU?
If I were to ask you what marketing advice you would have for a business, what would it be?  
Now tell me how you would translate it to yours!!



Michael Carty
  • Listening to: my son cry
  • Reading: everything I can get my hands on
  • Watching: my wife
  • Playing: with my business model
  • Eating: sparingly
  • Drinking: it all in


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torasenfoto Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks alot for faving my work! Really appreciate it!
michaelcarty Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
No problem, your work is flawless, I'd love to see a walkthrough of your processing portraits
torasenfoto Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! I wouldnt call it flawless, still trying to find my style, getting there slowly.
At least my photoshop work is easier for me than making the photography part work as I want.

I have some ideas for some videos later though. =)
michaelcarty Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
keep me posted!
birthdays Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

It's October 10th which means it's that time of the year again and your special day is here! We hope you have an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

Many well wishes and love from your friendly birthdays team :love:

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ice-or-fire Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Happy early birthday!
Hope you have a good one!
Brian-B-Photography Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome to :iconatlantic-canada:
Please take a look around and if you have questions or feedback,let us know

Thank you for Joining:handshake:
BiJouu Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
thank you for the watch! :D
MKCVXIII Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
I like your pics..a lot!!! Awesome work. Hope to see more soon "llama" n__n
litttle-princess Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
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:iconcheerplz: i hope you have a great time :iconcheerplz:
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