I have just arrived in the land of smiles and am looking to start a Wedding Photography Business in South East Asia( I am a relatively competent photographer having had work shown at the National Museum of Bangkok, The Association of Photographers and the International Photography Awards in NY - unfortunately artists seem to get paid less than teachers ) .
At the moment I am in a chicken and egg situation, as i have no wedding portfolio to show clients and no clients from which to create a portfolio. Hopefully I can address this by doing a few freebies in the next month or 2 ( anyone getting married ?). However - and I dont want to belittle the industry ( i am right ? sorry !) - If it gets a bit tight in the short /medium term I may look to teach English for the odd few days a week.
I have a BA in Art / Advertising and over 15 years experience in Investment Banking at managerial level. Dont ask! The grass is not greener, especially at that salary ! I have also taught privately before to children aged 5-12 and understand the huge amount of work that goes into preparing lessons that are 'sanuk'. At this point I am probably not looking to do a TEFL or CELTA , but may do in the future.
Would I be right in thinking that the only option would be to put a few ads up in supermarkets and the like or are there other options that you would reccommend ? I am aware this may be the 'cowboy end' of the market initially ,unless I decide to do the professional exams.
Any advice greatly appreciated. I can offer free visa photo portraits in exchange for info :P
"If you're not interested in changing where you work (and thus the student population, obviously) then a) your success at applying various and sundry teaching techniques is unlikely to have anything to do with how effective they are in general, and b) your sweeping generalizations about Thai students serve no purpose but to fuel your inertia and your feeling of being an 'insider'. Sadly (for you) few who read your sweeping generalizations will perceive it that way, but hey if it makes you feel good, knock yourself out." -zeusdogg
AFAIK, to get a work permit for teaching you need to have a job for at least 15 hours a week.
Moreover, professional photography is a prohibited occupation for foreigners in Thailand according to The Alien Business Law (N.E.C. Announcement 281).
Thai Work Permit - Prohibited Occupations in Thailand