Oh this feels so gay... but here goes... lol
Plan your shots to a T and if you think you've planned enough plan some more... and when you are sure you've planned enough, plan some more.
Yes, shooting just for the sake of shooting is a great feeling, but the results, most of the time.. not so great.
Like Sean said, be prepared for things not to go to plan and just go with the flow, guide the process, don't go all ballistic because it's not exactly according to script.
Togs learn to accentuate shapes with light, learn to sculpt with light.
If you see a nice pic and you want to know how it was done comment on the pic and ask the tog/mua right then and there the questions you want to ask, you will be amazed how ready these artists are to share their knowledge, if you ask the right questions. Yes, some won't answer, so what, there is a lot of artist with similar work thats dying to talk to you.
Except a simple fact... everything has been shot before... but it hasn't been shot by you. It is your unique vision that some people will love and others not, it is your job to learn to shoot in such a way that more people love your work, the bigger the audience the bigger the rewards.
I used to be a waiter in Hatfield square, when guys like Pieter Smith, Theuns Jordaan, Dozi used to do the rounds, singing at the different pubs, now most of them are household names. Then they where lucky to get R500.00 a meal and a few beers for the night, now the earn a lot more.
Business advise: Split your personal income and business income ASAP. If you haven't done so already. The business has its own identity and investments, so should you have.
Look at how other fields do business. Singers has managers, your local corner shop has manager etc. Why do we as tog insists on doing everything ourselves. As soon as you can afford it appoint yourself a business manager. That person is there to market you, get your admin sorted etc. You pay that person a salary and maybe share profits. You are the talent, your job, your focus should be to do what you do best, leave the business to the people that was born and bred to do that, if you appoint the right person he/she will pay for himself.
If you have a business that carry stock, stock gets old and holds back capital. If it is 3 months old, mark it down... six months old... put it on sale. 12 months... auction it. 24 months... give it away.... for karma points.
Now before I feel totally gay and need to wear a tutu... Sorry Archi, nothing personal.... beatch!!!