Team Positions at Kaspi Creative

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Leadership Ability – Stock Photo by Kaspi Creative Inc.

We have a vision here at Kaspi Creative to build multiple production teams. Each production team has three key members: Producer/Director/Photographer, Producer/Director/Videographer, and Editor/Uploader.

Qualities we look for in every job applicant include leadership ability, emotional intelligence, intellectual intelligence, a unique perspective and the ability to learn. We are looking for someone who has enough self-awareness to identify the facts that hold him or her and our company back from even greater success. We want people who are naturally talented at solving problems creatively.

Leadership ability is critical for all of the positions because a production team’s primary objective is to plan and lead photo and video shoots. To do that effectively each person must be confident and influential. Each team must have great people skills, decision making skills, and intuition. If a team cannot build the trust of the models, who range in age from zero to 100+ years in age, how will they be effective at directing them? This is why leadership ability is first on our list of qualities we look for in every job applicant.

Emotional intelligence, according to Daniel Goleman, includes self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill. Emotional awareness is said to play a bigger role in successful leaders than intellectual intelligence. In the book On Emotional Intelligence which is a collection of Harvard Business Review articles, Daniel Goleman defines the five skills:

  • Self-awareness: Knowing one’s emotions, strengths, weaknesses, drives, values, and goals–and their impact on others.
  • Self-regulation: Controlling or redirecting disruptive emotions and impulses.
  • Motivation: Being driven to achieve for the sake of achievement.
  • Empathy: Considering other’s feelings especially when making decisions.
  • Social skill: Managing relationships to move people in desired directions.

Any person who has all five of these skills is someone we want to be working with in some capacity. One thing we have noticed after dozens of interviews is that many people know their strengths, or claim they know their strengths. But very few people actual know and are willing to share their weaknesses. Most people want to be clever and say they are a perfectionist as though that’s a bad thing. It usually takes two or three tries before an interviewee is able to come up with an actual weakness if they are even able to. Self-awareness is not a natural strength in most people we interview. When we meet someone who is truly self-aware it is exciting.

Being able to regulate emotions allows a person to grow through constructive criticism without becoming defensive or shutting down. There will be many opportunities to review each person’s work with the intention to find ways of doing things better. Building a culture of openness is important to us. It takes emotional strength and humility to be able to take someone else’s criticism and proactively respond constructively.

Without motivation and drive nothing will get accomplished. Everyone is motivated by something. “Being driven to achieve for the sake of achievement” defines the type of motivation we are looking for. When motivation is combined with conscientiousness the results are usually a very effective person.

Trust is a critical ingredient in leadership. Without trust its not really possible to influence someone. Empathy builds trust. Empathetic leaders win the hearts and minds of the people they influence. We strive to make ever single model we work with feel important. We want to earn their trust.

We work with people. We don’t have a product without our models. Whether a shoot has one model or fifty to effectively direct them, “move them in the desired direction,” it takes social skill. To wait for models to do the right thing is not effective. They must be directed. Every team member must be prepared and able to coach our talent.

Intellectual intelligence is very beneficial to us when it is accompanied by leadership ability and emotional intelligence. Intellectual intelligence includes skill like creative problem solving, pattern recognition, technical knowledge, and artistic ability. Even the best leader who doesn’t know anything about what we do or how we do it won’t be of much value to us until they learn it. Someone with the ability to learn our industry and recognize the demands of our clients then creatively solve the problems that prevent us from delivering high-demand content to our clients is who we are looking for.

In our interview process we assess all candidates for the qualities mentioned above. We do so starting with written and phone/video chat interviews then we move to in person interviews asking a range of behavioural and situational questions. If a job applicant gets through the in person interviews we finish up with a couple job assessments. During the job assessments we will look for confirmation that what you told us about yourself in the interview process is consistent.

Why do we go to such lengths when hiring? One of our main goals as an organization is to create a challenging and fulfilling workplace culture of high performers who are principle centred and driven by effective habits. We want to hire and retain only humble, hungry, and smart people who thrive when working on a team. We want to work together to discover and build on each person’s talents and creativity.

If this is the type of environment you can picture yourself in the best place to start is sending us a well thought out cover letter and resume.

Jobs for Students and Recent Grads in Peterborough Ontario

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Portfolio, Metadata and Submissions Manager

Job openings for university students and recent graduates.

We are searching for a smart creative person to grow with us.

We are looking for a person who is educated and has great character, work ethic, motivation, people skills, and an interest in business, technology, and creativity. Experience in photography is not required. Someone with or pursuing a bachelors degree in business, management, human resources or psychology is preferred. We value the ability to learn over experience. We are looking for someone who is naturally talented at solving problems creatively and is assertive, effective, self motivated, and ethical.

For this position we are looking for someone to help us with a variety of tasks that we will provide training for. Duties include:

  • Removing trademarks from photos using Photoshop
  • Adding descriptions and keywords to photos and video clips
  • Attaching model releases to photo and video submissions
  • Submitting photos and video clips to Getty Images to add to our portfolio

This is a contract position. Training will take place in Peterborough, Ontario but once trained the work can be completed anywhere with good Internet access. Pay is according to our Standard Compensation Schedule. An effective worker typically earns between $15 and $35 per hour depending on how proficient and efficient they get.

There will be future growth potential with opportunities to be hired into a full-time position on salary for our top performing independent contractors who prefer working with a team.

Talent Search – Peterborough, Ontario

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There are many benefits to living in Peterborough, Ontario. It’s a city large enough to have lots going on but still not be overly crowded. It’s the gateway to the Kawartha’s which means there is a plethora of outdoor activities to keep the active person happy. It’s also close enough to Toronto to make a day trip there but still not part of the Greater Toronto Area. These are three of the many reasons we chose Peterborough as the centre of our operations.

It’s been 18 months since we’ve moved Kaspi Creative from Oshawa to Peterborough. In that 18 months we’ve experience about 50% growth in sales. We’ve hired three full-time employees and contracted more production and modelling talent than ever before. Our portfolio has grown from about 30,000 assets to 56,000 assets.

The first ingredient in our SMaC Recipe (from the book Great by Choice) is to create a challenging and fulfilling workplace culture of high achievers who are principle centred and driven by effective habits. Hire and retain only humble, hungry, and smart people capable of working independently and interdependently. Work together to discover and build on each person’s talents and creativity.

It is obviously very important to us to create a great work environment for great workers. That includes everyone from our full-time staff to our contracted models and actors. If the description above describes you and you are interested in the photo/video production industry please let us know who you are. Working with great people is why our business is growing. We are always looking for more people who can help us achieve our goals.

Below is a pretty awesome video created by one of our contractors just a few weeks ago. All the clips in the video below are licensable through us.

Hawaiian Images and Video

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We spent two weeks on Kauai shooting stock photo and video content. The photos and videos we’ve shot have been found in numerous magazines, brochures, online and advertisements. We’ve been contacted directly about licensing specific content. Overall our trip to Hawaii was a great success. We plan to return this winter to create more photos and videos and make them available to be licensed.

Here is a link to over 1200 stock photos and videos taken in Hawaii.

Hawaii Tropical Vacation Stock Photos and Videos

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11 Reasons We Love Shooting Stock

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  1. We don’t have to wake up at 4:30am to arrive at a shoot before the sun comes up then shoot nonstop through sunset to please a demanding client. Our clients are silent and if they feel what we have created is good they purchase it.
  2. We can be creative in our own way without being rushed. However creative or uncreative we feel we can apply that to what we are creating.
  3. We are not waiting or hustling for the next big contract but instead watching the sales flow in hour by hour. My father once said he’d rather sell 100 hamburgers than 10 fillet mignons. His point is when you loose one client it doesn’t hurt as bad.
  4. We can travel when we want to and where we want to and with whom we want to. If we want to take our family to Hawaii to do some photo shoots there we can. If we want to spend time with relatives in Oregon or Arizona and squeeze in some shoots on the side to diversify our portfolio we can. If we just want to stay home and work on building our network here we can.
  5. We get to meet and get to know lots of interesting new people every year. At 16 photo shoots per month our contractor and model base is constantly growing. And when we travel we get to meet locals who can teach us about the area.
  6. We get to learn lots of new things about lots of different industries. One of our goals is to diversify our portfolio to meet the needs of as many designers and editors as possible. To do that we need to understand a broad range of things about each industry we are targeting creating content for.
  7. We get to work with smart and creative people who enjoy creating useful photos and video footage. Few things are more satisfying that working with people with similar core values and objectives.
  8. We get to take pictures and video of themes we are most interested in ourselves that reflect what we value. When we see or hear of something new to us that interests us we organize a photo shoot around it.
  9. We don’t have to worry about messing up or things not turning out. The cost of making mistakes is very low. If things don’t go as planned we can learn from the experience and do things better next time.
  10. We like treasure hunts. It’s a treasure hunt to find pictures and videos of our models used in projects around the world.
  11. We are good at it. It’s always fun to do something you feel you are good at doing.

Below is a video and picture that someone licensed today.

License this video here.

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Stock photo of young adults taking a cell phone selfie.

License the photo above here.

More of our work here.

Licensable Aerial Video of Toronto

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Creating stock video is something we are passionate about. Flying drones and flying in helicopters are both things we have experience doing. Combining our passion with experience is common for us at Kaspi Creative.

We recently chartered an AS355 TwinStar helicopter from Four Seasons Aviation and a Cineflex from Whites in Toronto to capture some stock footage of the city. We focused on the urban skyline of the financial district and the CN Tower.

This stock footage clip below is a view of downtown Toronto, Ontario flying in from the West. Click here to for licensing options.

This stock footage clip below is a view of downtown Toronto, Ontario flying around from the East. Click here for licensing options.

This stock footage clip below is a fly in and closeup zoom of the CN Tower from the South. Click here for licensing options.

We have dozens of other stock aerial video clips of Toronto and other locations around North America.

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