When I started making images, I never thought much of it. The beginning was interesting. All I cared about was creating. I would spend time wandering with my camera creating boring images of nothing. That was fun then.
Now, I spend my time forming ideas about photography, wondering how to engage with the photo community, teaching others about the art of photography, selling cameras, and creating work that can be purchased. I may not spend as much time creating images, but I feel more successful. The more I dive into photography, the more I find it to be both creatively and monetarily rewarding. Caring about the thing I love is leading me towards success. Strange thought, right?
I’ve learned quite a bit by just putting my head down and doing. Staying the course when I need to, and cutting my loses when I must. But it’s hard. How so?
The hardest part about being successful in something creative is staying focused. You need to trick yourself into being constantly inspired. Between classes, a retail job, and creating; I’ve had to stay inspired — somehow. I’m only now piecing together exactly how to do that, consistently.
Staying inspired and passionate leads to success.
Amping myself up about the next shoot, camera, photographer, project, etc. is such a powerful tool for my success.
Always something new. Always something different. Always creating challenges. Always pushing myself and others.
Also, laughing about those times you fail. Laughing a lot about those times. Then learning from them.
Stay motivated. The clients will come. The money will happen. The business will grow. The happiness will come.