As a photographer, I spend a lot of time looking at the works of other artists for inspiration. It’s astounding how many talented people there are in the world. And yet the overwhelming majority of them, at least on social media, seem to think their job ends with sharing their finished product. For them, the process is simple: Make something awesome, post it online, repeat.
If you would have told me at the end of last year that I’d be an employee again, I wouldn’t have believed you. Yet here we are at the end of 2015, and I’m indeed working a full-time job. A lot of things have happened that led to this point, which I’ll cover in this post now:
Whenever I do anything day in and day out, I tend to reflect on what I’m working towards. As an artist, I’m constantly asking myself why I do what I do. What do I want to say with my work? What’s my message?
After being in the photography business for one year now, the most important thing I’ve learned about achieving success is this: If you want a lot of business, you’ve got to do what others aren’t willing to do.
It’s easy to feel dissatisfied with our progress in life. But too often we feel dissatisfied not because we fail to meet our own expectations, but because we feel a longing to validate our success with the world.