Zack Arias :: Sucksessful Commercial Photographer

April 9, 2010 | GOYA • Philosophy

Want a sneak peak into the life of a successfull commercial photographer?

I made this for a few reasons. I’ll go into that later.

Want some more?

HQ QT version of the video here.

Cheers, Zack Arias. Sucksessfull Commercial Photographer

PS – In addition to thanking the academy I would also like to recognize Jeremy Cowart, Chase Jarvis, and Joe Effing McNally.




Discussion

  • Philip said on April 9, 2010

    Bwahahahahahahahahaha!

  • Dane Sanders said on April 9, 2010

    Awesome. You’re so the “IT” guy now. Love you Zack.

  • zack said on April 9, 2010

    @Dane – I’m not a great IT guy. I mess up the network all the time. :)

  • lynn daly said on April 9, 2010

    It’s Biblical!! That was awesome. Thank you!!

  • Chris Michael said on April 9, 2010

    Love it.

  • Michael Gowin said on April 9, 2010

    Dang. I knew needed better hair and this just confirms it.

  • Nicholas Critelli said on April 9, 2010

    FAN-tastic.

    Your softbox is HUGE. I’m really intimidated by your raw creative power now.

  • matt s. said on April 9, 2010

    That was brilliant. I laughed the whole way through.

    Benjamins for Babies!™

    &

    Tires!

  • Peter James Zielinski said on April 9, 2010

    Zack Arias.

    Never sold out.

    Just bought in, baby.

  • John Shim said on April 9, 2010

    Forward. Down. Up. Forward. Down. Up. Pan to picture of your biggest crush. GENIUS! :)

  • Ed Z said on April 9, 2010

    Oh lord… I nearly p***ed myself laughing…

    brilliant

  • JL said on April 9, 2010

    It´s really cool vide, i love it. The best of all “”the Dog”", XD Zack send me a tshirt of one light. Bye. regards

  • jeff said on April 9, 2010

    Sorry to hate, but you have a typos all over the place. 00:11 “successfuul” at 02:58 “uccesful” at 03:01 “susseccful” at 03:17 “sucssfle” at 5:23 “referrence”

    Otherwise, fun video.

  • zack said on April 9, 2010

    Jeff :: That’s part of the running joke.

  • josh said on April 9, 2010

    thanks… now everyone in my office is looking at me like I’m some kind of lunatic… lol

  • Delano said on April 9, 2010

    That was awesome, hilarious and brilliant. Loved it

  • Carson said on April 9, 2010

    Ok, that was fun.

  • Christina Montemurro said on April 9, 2010

    Sigh. My poor boys have grown up without any money to play with. If only I was a sucksesfull comershil footagrapher.

    I am going to be hearing “forward, down and up” in my head now.

  • Jeremy said on April 9, 2010

    Hey! I forward – down – up too! I’m on my way to sucksess!

  • Atiyeh said on April 9, 2010

    Jeremy Cowart gig WAS AWESOME!
    and oh I love how Sherry put the money in her shirt!!! she is the best :) you all are!

  • Trudy said on April 9, 2010

    Arias. Funny. Very Funny.

  • Shannon said on April 9, 2010

    made my day.

  • lynn said on April 9, 2010

    That is WINTASTIC.

  • Carlo Balistrieri said on April 9, 2010

    I don’t care WHY you made it! Terrific. Love your little guy tossing the dough–he’s got his priorities straight.

  • Cliny Davis said on April 9, 2010

    LOL i’m in tears, the baby playing with money lololol

  • polina osherov said on April 9, 2010

    thanks zack! made my day! :-)

  • Scott Flaherty said on April 9, 2010

    It’s been a rough day today. Watching this was just what I needed. Thanks for the smile Zack.

  • Jim Goldstein said on April 9, 2010

    Well I’ve got you on one thing…
    My lens goes to f/11!

    A classic Zack. I’m still laughing.

  • PhotosByStephan said on April 9, 2010

    You really make the dollar sign in the hat work, but no grill??? I know you pay closer attention to detail than that!

  • Danny Ngan said on April 9, 2010

    I’m choking up here…

    Beautiful. Just. Beautiful.

  • Wilfredo said on April 9, 2010

    dude..that was was F’in HILARIOUS!!! you need to do a whole series on your alter ego..and let it get picked up by a Network! haaha..

  • Nathan said on April 9, 2010

    So good man! The outfit is just… wow… I’m speechless haha.

    Love telling the kid to be quiet because Jarvis is talking, as you hand the $100 bills over :)
    N.

  • brent... said on April 9, 2010

    BUHAHAHA -

    your a creative sucessfuul force of nature – that was a refreshing laugh to start off the weekend. especially on a day that started at the accountants : )

    BTW – love the MG _ i had a ’68 in high school. still one of my favs.

    cheers!

  • Wes Brown said on April 9, 2010

    Wow…that just happened.

    I wanna be suucesfull too. Maybe a “1 Succces At a Time” workshop?

  • Harvey said on April 9, 2010

    Love the video.

    Sherri, your counting all that moolah and you remind me of my wife when she’s counting money because she too licks her fingers and it totally grosses me right out. ick!

  • Nick Lopez said on April 9, 2010

    I don’t get it.

  • @davidmonnerat said on April 9, 2010

    hilarious. sarcastic. and inspirational at the same time.

  • Hugo said on April 9, 2010

    Zack, don’t publish these during work hours.. had to put custo on hold laughing so hard.. great job!!..

    Mcnally does models… ummm never thought of that.,..

    brilliant!

  • Billy Pope said on April 9, 2010

    Love it!

  • Will said on April 9, 2010

    Thanks for the refresh Zack! I love that it is in “Critique and Technique for photographers.”

    I can’t wait until I can have someone to count my money, make my coffee and take my pictures! Because I have the hardest part the creation of the idea!

    HAHA

  • Robin Sarac said on April 9, 2010

    @Jeff…really?! ;)

    Up? Up?! I’ve been doing forward, down, then backward! That explains it.

    Can you provide the EXACT name, cinluding issue of that magazine you were reading on the think tank? I’m totally NOT going to copy your way of copying…just curious. Honest. And for true.

    Mass smiles. This is fantastic. :)

  • Sara said on April 9, 2010

    I laughed so hard, tears are rolling down my face. Thanks for bringing in my weekend right.

  • Rhonda said on April 9, 2010

    My favorites are the ‘tasks’ written on the white board and Sherri stuffing the cash down her shirt. :)

  • Barry Kirsch said on April 9, 2010

    It begins with the hair? I gots no hair. CRAP! Screwed again.

  • Jeff Tamagini said on April 9, 2010

    Zack, holy crap that made my week, you rule!!! It takes a truly great person to be able to goof on one’s self

  • andy said on April 9, 2010

    Now that was some good stuff…:)

  • olivia said on April 9, 2010

    lol! zack, you are a hoot. that was hilarious.

  • Christophe from Paris said on April 9, 2010

    I like this Zack. For sure it will be stop the dictature of the happy few big commercial photographers that take the place near the limelights and put the others in darkness? not sure. Let the webshpere be feed as an ogre of media content and let’s be happy of or own thinktanks full of ideas.[intead of my frenchsized english, I hope got the idea]
    Chris

  • Andrew said on April 9, 2010

    Boy do I love me some quality satire. It stings just right!

  • Simon said on April 9, 2010

    Excellent piss-take! Thanks for making it.

  • Peter said on April 9, 2010

    Awesome. Nailed.

  • Dirk said on April 9, 2010

    Thanks for the laugh, and stirring the thoughts

  • brian said on April 9, 2010

    DAAAAMN dude

    livin’ the life!!!

  • Brian said on April 9, 2010

    DEEP!

    The dog popping up… classic. Looks like Marc had no idea what was going on.

  • Alex DiFiori said on April 9, 2010

    Brilliant man!

  • Lynne Cymone said on April 9, 2010

    Fucking brilliant. Love it.
    Every once in awhile I too enjoy some light from a direction.

  • James Pratt said on April 9, 2010

    SWEET! I love that you don’t take yourself to seriously. Too many guys do. I am now a big fan!

  • Tony R. said on April 9, 2010

    Forget about that Jarvis guy . . . Za is the MAN when it comes to commercial photography!

  • Jeff said on April 9, 2010

    haha, that was awesome.

    “Can you bring the other body over here” [/awkward pause]….

    Hilarious

  • Robert Jewett said on April 9, 2010

    I laughed so hard, I peed my pants at work.

  • you are brilliant! hope everyone followed the comments of that tire dudes critique :-)

  • ChrisS. said on April 9, 2010

    I laughed, I cried, it became part of me…

    Shoot, someone beat me to the f11 joke…

    I about fell out of my chair as you were picking up the tire tread…

  • Scott said on April 9, 2010

    Simply tremendous, laughing my ass off. Thanks for making me finish the week with a smile on my face.

  • Steve said on April 9, 2010

    awww, man! Zack sold out! Awesome video.

  • jeff denapoli said on April 9, 2010

    the kid stonewalled you on $200 to shut up… he should be your business manager.

  • Chris Whitcomb said on April 9, 2010

    My hair will now be perfect!

  • Dawn said on April 9, 2010

    Hee eheee heeee:) Giggle:) Nicely done! Loved the ballerina in the end;)

  • Les Doerfler said on April 9, 2010

    Your elevator is headed up my friend, and we are along for the ride.

    Next stop, toppermost of the poppermost.

  • Rich said on April 9, 2010

    The was the most hilarious video I’ve seen in awhile. Great job Zack!

  • Freddy Oropeza said on April 9, 2010

    Meh, not my kind of humor. I did get the point, but I was fighting to stick with the video, and watch it all the way trough.
    I do give you props for trying something different and putting yourself out there, “jumping off the dock” so to speak.
    Can’t please every one, but that’s what makes each one of us unique I guess.
    Keep up the creativeness!!!
    P.S: I did love when the dog popped up in the passenger seat.

  • Leisa DeThomas said on April 9, 2010

    You are crackin’ me up! Now I know what it takes to be sukcesful! I think I have the spelin down, I need the dough, the hair…for sure a guitar player….I do start with creation…Genesis 1…I even have the “big mama”…lol what now….oh yeah, a dog and a convertable!

    Great video!

  • iwolkow.de said on April 9, 2010

    This made my day! )
    Awesome!

  • matt s. said on April 9, 2010

    Freddy must be more of a Chipmunks 2 kind of guy.

  • Derek said on April 9, 2010

    like WOW… literally LOL WOW and ZOMFG.

    Love the humor man!

  • Alex Stewart said on April 9, 2010

    Hahahaha…that was a hoot! Maybe you should call Lorne Michaels at SNL and see if there is a place for you there.

  • Steven Skelton said on April 9, 2010

    The right hair to pull this off? I’m screwed then, dude! I’ll NEVER be suckcessful! =(

  • Flanegan said on April 9, 2010

    Brilliant!

  • jaro said on April 9, 2010

    the dog rocks and the no teeth man in the restaurant:DD

    nice MG as well

    keep entertain. we like it!

  • Cody A said on April 9, 2010

    “Bring me another body”… lol.. I almost fell out of my chair!!! :) hahha awesome!

  • Collin Atnip said on April 9, 2010

    Oh, Thank you. I so needed that!

  • Kayode said on April 9, 2010

    Brilliant !!!

  • dtbsz said on April 9, 2010

    WORD :D :) )

  • Zed said on April 9, 2010

    ROFL!!! So true! You said it all! go f10!!

  • Daniel Caro said on April 9, 2010

    Awesome! I’m always gonna shoot at f10 from now on! XD

  • andres said on April 9, 2010

    very nice video mate, it teaches a lot about workflow, and gave me very nice tips for lightroom editing and postproduction. Cheers. Andres.

  • Spencer said on April 9, 2010

    It’s all about getting another body !!

  • Jose said on April 9, 2010

    Really Funny…

  • Kevin said on April 9, 2010

    Sir, you made my Friday night (I lead one hell of an exciting life). Tears coming out of my eyes- not an easy feat. Thank you.

  • Jason Young said on April 9, 2010

    thats the funniest thing i have seen in a long time. i needed that laugh you just made my friday!

    Mahalo

  • Lynsey said on April 9, 2010

    Hilariously brilliant!

  • Ryan McKay said on April 9, 2010

    OK! Now I know why your pictures are better! Now how do I get my camera on F/10??? I just press that one button that makes the noise.

    My goal is to one day have a white board that lines out my day’s activities that look like yours.

    One day. Some day.

  • A Photog Who Blogs said on April 9, 2010

    I am laughing my pants off – of course only because I’ve watched those other guys’ videos and been all envious… You didn’t have a helicopter though or shoot in a hangar in New Zealand for no apparent reason…

  • Chuck D said on April 9, 2010

    Dope!!!

  • Lawrence Dortch said on April 9, 2010

    That was so flipping funny. I loved that and his dog is the coolest.

  • Janbo said on April 9, 2010

    Almost funny!!

  • Kyle said on April 9, 2010

    this makes my year. it’s biblical…KILLING me. seriously, photogs take themselves way to frickin seriously, and this is a breath of fresh air.

  • Brian Hirschy said on April 9, 2010

    Ha – really funny.

    My wife watched it with me and she was like “Is he being serious?!”

    Great stuff.

    Brian

  • Mark said on April 9, 2010

    Back and….to the front…back and…to the front.

    Words to live by.

    Cheeky. Nice. Thanks!

  • Mike said on April 9, 2010

    That set in the “creative” section looked like you copied it from the guy on Youtube telling me how I could make 500 dollars on the weekend with my camera.

  • SpencerO said on April 9, 2010

    That was hilarious. Seriously, thanks for things like this.

  • Rick said on April 9, 2010

    Well crap. I used to think f/8 was the place to be. Now I know f/10 with directional light is the way to shoot my tire treads. Thanks!

  • Bernie said on April 9, 2010

    That was a scream. I now aspire to being sucksessful too.

  • Stephen J. Zeller said on April 9, 2010

    Zack, that was hilarious! Thanks for putting that together.

  • Glyn Dewis said on April 9, 2010

    Holy c$&p that was bloomin hilarious!!!

    Seriously, if i wasn’t so in control of my bladder, at the time of writing this I wouldn’t be in such a comfortable place :)

    Epic!!!

    Glyn

  • Alan ItsNot Phair said on April 9, 2010

    The combination of the track coming in with the dog popping up was brilliant.

    Love your humour mate, keep it up.

    “Bring me the other body!”…”But where will I put the lens?” haha!

  • Lisa B said on April 9, 2010

    I know there is a purpose to this…

    Zack you have a way of hitting the industry right where it counts!

    Thanks for making my night!

  • Macy said on April 9, 2010

    That completely made my day. When you shared your favorite aperture, I nearly lost it.

  • Allen Ross Thomas said on April 9, 2010

    Tire tread. Genius.

  • matt s said on April 9, 2010

    There sooooo needs to be a wedding photographer version of this. It could spoof all the “photographers” just spend their time selling stuff to other photographrs.

  • Bernahrd Sperling said on April 9, 2010

    Brilliant !

  • Mikko Reinikainen said on April 9, 2010

    Sucksessfull handicapped parking!

  • Raji Barbir said on April 9, 2010

    “Hey, shh! Chase Jarvis is talking!”

    HAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

  • Jesse said on April 9, 2010

    Oh, man. I needed this laugh today. Great stuff, and hope you had a good time making it. Seriously, in ATL can you walk into a fast-food joint dressed like that and not completely stand out?

  • Duc Duong said on April 9, 2010

    awesome stuff!

  • Mark said on April 10, 2010

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

    Love it. Genius.

    Shame I haven’t got enough hair to gel – now I’ll never be a creative successful commercial photographer.

  • Geoff said on April 10, 2010

    Thanks Zack, that was a lot of fun! Can’t wait to hear the background story to this. (I totally missed your critique reference thingy on the road…)

  • Matthew N. said on April 10, 2010

    Wow, I looked at the title three times before I realized you spelled it “Sucksessful” instead of “Successful”.. I think ive been on the internet to long.

  • Adi Ulici said on April 10, 2010

    I liked the little one, he didn’t let himself bought with money :) )

  • Kristen said on April 10, 2010

    Fricken Hilarious

  • Jakob said on April 10, 2010

    Thank you Zack for this invaluable insight into the life and hard work of a creative professional. I appreciate you took the time to give something back to the photographic community.

    Now I too am inspired to get my hair right, so I can make it BIG and take up the handicapped parking spots.

  • Alistair M said on April 10, 2010

    Who are you trying to kid, its plain the dog is the director

  • Scott said on April 10, 2010

    You my friend are a genius! In inspiration! A motivator! OK, basically pretty cool!

    One question, I’m bald and my photography business is called Bald Is Beautiful Photography, with that said, how do I get my hair right?

  • Andrew said on April 10, 2010

    I think you fulfilled your biblical mandate with this one. Ha

  • James Kingdon said on April 10, 2010

    Great fun. Hope there doesn’t turn out to be a serious point to this :)

  • Stefanos L said on April 10, 2010

    nice one Zack….

  • Dade Freeman said on April 10, 2010

    Very cool, great mock of the week!

  • Jason Blake said on April 10, 2010

    Zack,
    Thanks for posting this!!! Saw this in your class at PS World and loved it….even better the second time! LOL

  • iwolkow.de said on April 10, 2010

    I couldn’t help to come back and watch it again. Still hilarious, even the second time.

  • Jason Grubb said on April 10, 2010

    Zack, that was awesome.

  • deb schwedhelm said on April 10, 2010

    hilarious!!

  • Ricky Lopez said on April 10, 2010

    Zack this is classic… there’s alot of clowns like that out there, just talked to one last night!!

  • estherjulee said on April 10, 2010

    Hilarious. Now all I want to be is a sucksessful commercial photographer.

  • Brad_D said on April 10, 2010

    You put the man in pants, and all of a sudden he thinks he’s successful.1

    Thanks for the laugh, Zack!

  • Nelson said on April 10, 2010

    Big LOL. If you and Chase weren’t buds, he’d probably want to punch you in the face. (Actually probably not, he’s not that uptight…right?)

  • zack said on April 10, 2010

    Nelson – Chase is a great guy. We actually filmed a part of ne talking to him on the phone but it didn’t make the edit. :) Cowart and McNally knew about my spoof as well.

  • Jessica Stier said on April 10, 2010

    Awesome!!!

    This reminded me of a site my husband made a few years ago: http://howtomakeitbigenterprises.com/ So funny!!!

  • Szabi (szabiakanich) said on April 10, 2010

    Hahahahahah. That was some absolutely hysterical stuff. Well done. Good job. :)

    Szabi

  • Darrell Harris said on April 10, 2010

    okay – got my attention – can’t wait to see what you’re setting up for the future post on this topic. The rubber tire was awesome – sort of molding!

  • Toby said on April 10, 2010

    You’re such a dork…! x

  • Jesse said on April 10, 2010

    So good! My favorite was the ballerina… “now where am I going to put the lens?”

  • Jessica Sweeney said on April 10, 2010

    As a woman, I want to know if I can use the same steps to get my hair right? I know hair is very important, please let me know.

    I’m on my way to suckses too! Thanks for the vid!

  • Casey said on April 10, 2010

    Ahahahhaha! Brilliant! This harmless little spoof at a few to remain nameless photographers made me smile from ear to ear.

  • Chris Guillou said on April 10, 2010

    Thankyou Mister Arias for your thoughtful insite, your video hits home on so many levels.
    Please continue sharing your thoughts on the indestry to help us attane your level of sucksess.
    One day I’ll have a big softbox too.
    Chris
    P.S. Did I mention your pure awesomeness ?

  • quicoto said on April 10, 2010

    you got me with this video. Very funny :P

    Regards.

  • Kevin Lau said on April 10, 2010

    LOL It’s Biblical!! :)

  • Jason said on April 10, 2010

    Seems you got hit with a that Word Press virus. If you google your blog, seems you endorse prozac.

  • Stu said on April 10, 2010

    Intspirationsal! I hope your sucksess rubs off on me.

  • Peter said on April 10, 2010

    0,1sec of the first pic and I knew it will be funny. So awesome…
    Greetings from Germany.

  • Tim said on April 10, 2010

    hahaha, great stuff zack!

  • Christopher said on April 10, 2010

    And all this time I’ve been combing my hair back. Damn-it!

  • david said on April 10, 2010

    When you get to the point when you just breathe and you create stuff then you will truly be creative. And that will make an awesome video.

  • Ole said on April 10, 2010

    Thanks for coffee up my nose

  • Julio said on April 10, 2010

    HA HA HA! JUST GREAT AND RIGHT ON THE FACE!

  • Stephanie said on April 10, 2010

    ‘Where I am going to put the lens…?’

    HA! HaHA!

  • Stephanie said on April 10, 2010

    ‘Where am I going to put the lens…?’

    HA! HaHA!

  • Alejandro said on April 10, 2010

    I thought I’d die laughing on the “Blatant critique referrence” scene!!! Haha, Zack you’re bad xDD

  • Justen Eason said on April 10, 2010

    You should do a photographic comedy routine. Comedians combine music and comedy. Why not photography and comedy? Both arts. You could do it.

  • Ariana Bauer said on April 10, 2010

    Great stuff. Love the ballerina segment. Keep it coming Zack!

  • Ivar Vong said on April 10, 2010

    Awesome.

  • Stu said on April 10, 2010

    f10? really? awesome man;)

  • James said on April 11, 2010

    Ha ha! I love that so much!

  • Andrea said on April 11, 2010

    It was missing Erik asleep under the table with a beer bottle – (‘getting inspired’) :)

  • Henry said on April 11, 2010

    Whoohooo xD
    Hilarious and so true :D

  • Doug S. said on April 11, 2010

    Loved it! All who do not know your work are missing out my friend. I am spreading the word, one lemming at a time. :) I would love to know who your were targeting when you made this vid. Or was it the photographers who take themselves too seriously in general? You are a blessing Zack!!!!

  • Dennis Pike said on April 11, 2010

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

    I knew fame had taken over Zack. I met you at PDN this past year. You said you had never heard of me, Therefor there was no reason to speak to me.

    kidding, btw, you were super nice. Thanks for that

  • Mark Elliott said on April 11, 2010

    Brilliant beyond words. I’m wording on that hairstyle right now…

  • Zlatko said on April 11, 2010

    oh man!!

    that beat synchronizing with dog popping out, got me pumped!

  • Sam said on April 11, 2010

    WTF!? You one crazy mutha fooka.

  • Lou Goodman said on April 11, 2010

    That dude…was wonderful. thanks for the effort and the great laugh.

  • Matt Smith said on April 11, 2010

    LOL SOOO funny. Was that a crack at Chase Jarvis ;) wink wink lol

  • Ed Verosky said on April 11, 2010

    Yeah, baby! But why aren’t you selling a piece of plastic for my flash? I can’t wait to get my “light direction” effect on! Ha! Nice one, man.

  • Sunita Thyagarajan said on April 11, 2010

    Love it! Thanks for the laughs. :-)

  • Jens said on April 11, 2010

    Love it. Great!

  • TimR said on April 11, 2010

    Yeah, the tires. That critique was my first visit to your site I think, after watching “Transform.” It seems like so long ago–in a good way. I do miss the critiques though. Loved this video. Subtlety brilliant.

  • Amber said on April 11, 2010

    “f10 is my favorite aperture.”

    LOLOLOL HAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA AAA HAHAAAH ahhaaahaaaaaa haaaa haaa *breathe* HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Martin said on April 11, 2010

    “It’s Biblical.” That has to go on a t-shirt. LMAOOO

  • bryan lathrop said on April 11, 2010

    good to see you taking suckssecc to the NEXT LEVEL. You could probably teach a 4 Light Workshop now ;)

  • saajid said on April 11, 2010

    :D

  • Dawn Camp said on April 11, 2010

    I’m so glad to see you posting stuff from your sessions at Photoshop World. I would love to see the slideshow with text from your Stuff You Need to Know to be a Photographer session.

    Thanks for the laugh again!

  • Heinz said on April 12, 2010

    THIS IS JUST BRILLIANT..
    No I know what i did wrong in my career.

    Wonderful
    Heinz

  • Howard Haby said on April 12, 2010

    Funny stuff, man. LOL. Nice job.

  • Matt Buntyn said on April 12, 2010

    I thought only McNally could pull this stuff off. Well played Mr. Arias, well played.

    My new tagline, “Biblical light with direction.”

  • Ryan Smith said on April 12, 2010

    If you are ever looking for a photo intern, I think I found the perfect person for you.

    http://vimeo.com/4201036

  • Heather Mason said on April 12, 2010

    Aw, man…now that you’re so sucksessfull and have good hair, you’re never gonna talk to us lil’ peons again.

    Loved it!

  • Audra Colpitts said on April 12, 2010

    That was excellent. I’m super inspired. I’ll have to let Chris know how to work the hair. Was it up, down, forward? Awww crap… I’ll have to go watch it again.

  • Bryan said on April 12, 2010

    haha ROFLCOPTER

    j/k LOL! ;o)

  • Rodrigo said on April 12, 2010

    “call bono” and the chase jarvis stuff is the best !

  • chase jarvis said on April 12, 2010

    love it brother! great points and the oscar goes to Z.A. ;)

  • s h e r r y said on April 12, 2010

    Hahahaha. This is pretty hilarious.

  • Lou said on April 12, 2010

    “So you’re tellin’ me there’s a chance…”

    THAT was hiliarious…

    If I ever regress enough to be a succssessfool tog like ZA, I’ll be ecstasyic!

  • Marcus Neto said on April 12, 2010

    So awesome. I love the hair part when they pan to a picture of Jeremy! w00T! you rock!

  • Lisa Love said on April 12, 2010

    ahahaha Love it!! “Forward, Down and Up…” to create THE hairstyle! ;)

  • Jeremy said on April 12, 2010

    How on earth did we get such a suksesfuul commercial photographer come all the way out to UTah for our Polygamist PhotoCamp?

    You Suk ZA! ;-)

  • Jeff O said on April 12, 2010

    OMG, that was so funny.

  • Shafin said on April 12, 2010

    you have to have good hair to be successful…..hahah loved it!!!

  • Kathy Porupski said on April 12, 2010

    Thanks for making my Monday and a few laughs! Love your humor…Hope with all your your suckcess you might have time to still join our Strobist group here in Tampa http://www.meetup.com/photocollective/ We hung out with you at PSW in Orlando. You paid your dues and forever inspired our photography group! Hope you pop into our web based group and say Hey!

    Kathy~

  • Melanie Watson said on April 12, 2010

    Holy hilarious on a stick! Thank you for that! :)

  • Kenibatz said on April 12, 2010

    lol. this is priceless! thank you Zack, i now know to hire a business manager to count my money and to manage my hair as part of the creative process. now i need to find some ballerinas…

  • Laclaustra said on April 12, 2010

    Love the video, love the message, love the concept.

  • fotograf nunta Iasi said on April 13, 2010

    :) ) THX for this ;very, very funny…

  • Bob DeChiara said on April 13, 2010

    FUNtastic!! Great job!

  • Jase said on April 13, 2010

    The ballerinas man – that was friggin hilarious! :D

    When’s the DVD come out? ;)

    Rock on Zack

  • Blake said on April 13, 2010

    The best part of the video for me was the timing of the drum beat with the dog popping up in the convertible. Classic!

  • Myles said on April 13, 2010

    The best video of creative, creativity on creationism I have ever seen. I am truly inspired now. I’m going out to buy an MG today!

  • Caleb Benton said on April 13, 2010

    Very cool Zack! You are such an inspiration to me!

  • Caleb Benton said on April 13, 2010

    Very Cool Zack. You are such an inspiration to me!

  • Jim said on April 13, 2010

    Wonderful fun! Great creativity. Hey, have you seen the short video “The Last 3 Minutes” shot with the Canon 5D Mark II. Not at all similar, but really shows how far the DSLR can go with video.

  • Erin said on April 13, 2010

    Zack.

    What in the hell are you wearing?

    LOVE THIS.

  • Fotograf in München said on April 13, 2010

    Love it!!! Soooo funny :) Thank you!!!

  • Abhi said on April 14, 2010

    hahahahaha oh maan ! im soo glad you did this ! the scene was gettin quite ridic.

  • Cati said on April 14, 2010

    Hahahahaha

    Forward, down, up. I’m a female with short hair so I definetly have to try that out. I’m sure it will turn me into a sussecsful fotographer :D

    And… can you bring the other body? I almost choke with that one lol

  • Yaeko Blog said on April 14, 2010

    Lol, the vid is toooo funny. You are a really susseccful. Love it. Natascha

  • Jeffery Saddoris said on April 14, 2010

    BWAHAHAHHAHAH!
    Forward, down and up…forward, down and up. BRILLIANT, Zack!

  • Jenny McCann said on April 14, 2010

    successfool more like it…haha. The ballerina pulling out the collapsible grey card sent me over the edge. lol!

  • PinoyPhotog said on April 14, 2010

    I’m literaly laughing my a$$ out here!

  • Boyd said on April 15, 2010

    Zack, In a word: Awesome. I caught it at PSW, which bringe me to a serious question: Are you planning on posting tour presentation from there on your site? Both that and your closing presentation? You didn’t have any notes from your power point in the PSW book. I honestly think that everyone in the biz needs to see them. I told Scott Kelby that your “Things You Need To Know” seminar should be required viewing for PSW.

  • GRADY LAYMAN said on April 15, 2010

    Do you really feel the need to number all of your comments? I guess I will be EFFING number 223. This sucks…

  • Johann said on April 15, 2010

    Hahahahahah! My word, I laughed my face off at this. Awesome!

    “Can you bring me the other body”

    Erm… :)

  • dtbsz said on April 15, 2010

    Marc Hauser :) ) attitude :) )

  • numbeos said on April 15, 2010

    you made me laugh, Zack:)

  • Chris Bergstrom said on April 15, 2010

    Pretty wacky Zack! I love it though…

  • Blake said on April 15, 2010

    f/10′s my favorite aperture too!!!

  • Randall Douglas said on April 15, 2010

    It pokes fun at a lot of stuff, but I’m not sure why you felt you need to make this. I’m curious about the “update”.

    I think we might have the same eggelston’s guide style bathroom tile. But I purchased my house before I saw the guide. How ’bout you?

  • Profils said on April 16, 2010

    Zack, You are really sick :)

  • Rob W. said on April 16, 2010

    LOVED the whiteboard: “Open offshore accounts.”

  • Todd said on April 16, 2010

    You gotta love the random conversations that pop up with strangers at McDonalds LOL

  • Ginger Moseley said on April 16, 2010

    forward. down. and up. got it! thanks for the tip, i think this could make all the difference….
    p.s. – you should start the kids young with the hair thing, give ‘em a leg up on being sucksessfull as well. ;D

  • Joe Cities said on April 16, 2010

    up down up down left right left right b a start? Wait, what?

  • Richard Budd said on April 16, 2010

    top job fella only too true. RB

  • Jason said on April 16, 2010

    Ah wanna be suckssessfull toooo!

  • kristi said on April 16, 2010

    what hasn’t been said? so incredibly creative……and to think I have actually sat on that toilet seat…..So inspiring, lol

  • Kauai Coach T said on April 16, 2010

    Nuts guy! I actually know a few people like that… Awesome job Zack!

  • Michelle said on April 17, 2010

    L.M.A.O THank you so much, this was epic… is it sad to have seen all of the vids you were referencing? Hmmmn

  • Nick Bicanic said on April 17, 2010

    232 comments and I am just getting around to this… lol. a great sucksess! I mean Success!

  • Bobby said on April 18, 2010

    lol…… good stuff. Zack you got a lot more time to carve your self into photography history. but man what u got can’t be imitated….. Real talk.

  • Marcin Retecki said on April 18, 2010

    You really nailed it this time! Awesome idea, had a great laugh, thanks!

  • Stephen said on April 18, 2010

    Parking in the handicap spot… way to fight the establishment, man… LOL

  • Ian said on April 18, 2010

    I don’t believe you are as sucksessful as you say. Where are your endoarsments?

    Rock on Bearded Wonder.

  • Ed said on April 19, 2010

    Hi can i get the book version???

    Ed from photocamputah, Do you want a cookie???

  • john salgado said on April 19, 2010

    Awesome Z,keep em coming,the soft box reference was hilarious,reminds me of ed pierce and his 400 2.8 in the background of his videos

  • GT said on April 20, 2010

    LHLOL!, just made my day!! Thanks Zack.

    Cheers,
    GT

  • Marc Pritchard said on April 20, 2010

    amazing satire of videos we take waaay too seriously.
    Bet it was a laugh to film.

    Now back to shooting ballerinas…

  • Jamie M Swanson said on April 21, 2010

    Zack Arias, you’re hilarious.

    (I’m a sucksesfull poet as well!)

  • Kevin Wrenn Photography said on April 21, 2010

    I’m still cracking up here. Can I get a workshop from this version of you? :-)

  • POINT357 said on April 22, 2010

    Probably shouldn’t say it but this isn’t a million miles away from the reality of Chase is it? Hey, Scott, which camera am I using? Of course his work is awesome. Good job you had his blessing though.

    What has happened to dedpxl dude? And where’s the good stuff on the MF digital back? Hoping you get some time soon.

  • zack said on April 22, 2010

    Chase is NOT this guy!

  • Shane Empie said on April 22, 2010

    Lol, great video, but I was expecting like 100% more gold chains, and liquor being poured out on the floor. Wait maybe that’s sucksessful rapper/photographer’s I’m thinking about.

  • Rob Wise said on April 22, 2010

    Love photography, love satire, this was just what I needed :D

  • Jeff Jochum said on April 23, 2010

    I’m so glad you aren’t too busy to make such a valuable public service announcement. :)

    Well dun!

    Jeff

  • Wendy said on April 23, 2010

    Brilliant….I laughed I cried, I wet the bed…Nuf said.

    Great Job!

    Wendy

  • Emily said on April 24, 2010

    How many years of pain and suffering do you have to endure until you can make fun of Joe Effing McNally?

  • David said on April 25, 2010

    I can’t believe I waited so long for my stupid internet to load that whole video. At least it was funny, lol

  • Curtis W. DeGidio said on April 26, 2010

    I knew it… it wasn’t the recession that caused business to slow down! I just don’t have the right vest and hat!!! Love the video.

  • mr. sifuentes said on April 26, 2010

    it’s all about the hair papa. haha. wicked bideo Zack :D had me laughing my ass off or as the nerds say it – lmao.

  • HennesseyG said on April 27, 2010

    That was F’ing hilarious!

  • Chris N. said on April 28, 2010

    I think I’ll start growing a beard. That seems to mysteriously attract success. It’s a status symbol, definitely.

  • Martin said on April 28, 2010

    zack…you´re awesome, just that.

  • Tim Rohe said on April 29, 2010

    Wow. He writes comedy too. Hilarious.

  • Alistair Kerr said on April 29, 2010

    Bit concerned that there have been no more posts from you since this one went up…. Has Chase had you wacked? Of course if he has you won’t be answering that…..

  • Todd said on April 30, 2010

    You can’t be successful, you have a crazy goatee and dress poorly. Do you have tattoos? Ewww. I bet you hang out with dirty rock n roll type people all day. Dirty Canon shooter.

  • Karl said on May 2, 2010

    I didn´t expect this from you, I mean I thought you weren´t like the people on strobist group who loose their time bashing other photographers…

    Also a lightmeter and learning how to use it really (it isn´t meant for you to use the exposure you get, it is only to know where the exposure is and decide if you want it down or up) have you checked how much time you loose in your DVD chimping?? and the reaction of the talents to your chimping?

    This is the first time I am dis by something you do, bashing other shooters, I expected better from you.

  • Ross Fishman said on May 2, 2010

    I just pissed myself from laughing so hard.

  • steph said on May 3, 2010

    Who knew there were so many ways to misspell successful? That alone had me in tears, and I cannot tell you how much I needed the laugh… thanks.

  • Mike said on May 3, 2010

    there was no recession, Zack was just getting all the work.

  • Alicia said on May 4, 2010

    I snorked my coffee. Good stuff.

  • Tyler Migneault said on May 4, 2010

    Ha! Thank you. This was great.

  • zack said on May 5, 2010

    Dear Karl (#272),
    Please note that this entire video is for fun. Dripping with sarcasm kind of fun. Watch it again with this in mind… I’m not taking a second of it seriously.
    :)

    Cheers,
    Zack

    Or… Did I just get pwned? :)

  • zack said on May 5, 2010

    Oh, Karl… Also, Chase, Cowart, and McNally were all in on it.

    Ok?

  • Lou said on May 5, 2010

    I’m only just now getting around to watching this… but… EPIC WIN!

    Seriously, made my night. :)

  • lanne said on May 6, 2010

    I am so behind.. i just saw this. Sheer brillance. I don’t know what I liked better – Forward, Down and Up… or the.. here.. play with another $100 bill. The tyre reference is particularly well done tho..
    The comments, as always are as interesting as the video in some ways. One can only wonder what your facial response to reading number 12 was?

  • Carlos Bruno said on May 6, 2010

    I love you, I love you and I love you!
    Doesn’t matter when, when you post you make my day, even though is being a piece of crap!
    (PS … I just moved and only now could turn my computer on again …)

  • Cathy Crawley said on May 6, 2010

    You’re right, it IS all about the hair!

  • Kit said on May 9, 2010

    HaHa!! This is hilarious! Great stuff, Zack! Can’t wait for the rest of it!

  • catalina said on May 11, 2010

    brilliant.

  • Jason said on May 20, 2010

    The part that struck a chord with me was sitting on the throne, reading a magazine and saying to myself, “That’s kinda cool actually. Why can’t I come up with stuff like that?”

    Absolutely hysterical otherwise…thanks! :)

  • Wedding Photographer France said on May 27, 2010

    Fantastic! I really really laughed on this one. Yet- you’re criticizing the system you are so successfully using :)

  • Kat said on June 4, 2010

    Ahahaha, holy shit. Well, I knew I got that haircut for some reason. It’s all about the hair.

  • Paul said on August 29, 2010

    You work the way I think.
    I am also a sxcespool fotografor.
    Love your show at Creative!!!!!

  • Walter Ford said on September 1, 2010

    Zack,

    Thanks dawg! Thanks.

    -Walter

  • Paul Close said on November 9, 2010

    ‘Bring me the other body…’
    Brilliant – love it!

  • Fotograf nunta Iasi said on September 13, 2013

    Great!




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