I love you guys. I love talking to people trying to break into this industry. It's my passion honestly. I love that excitement that passion of a person just starting out.
That passion helps me remember why I do what I do.
Most people breaking into this have several reasons why they are wanting to do this. Maybe it's been a fun hobby for them, they got laid off, they've always wanted to shoot and think it could be fun. It is fun, it is hard work.
But if you want to get to Z, you have to start working your way down the alphabet. What are you waiting on. I'm an Aries, it's in my nature to be completely, ridiculously impulsive. But sometimes I just wish I could give that impulsiveness to some people. You guys are so talented.
The hard part is already over. You've made the decision that this is what you enjoy, and this is what you're going to do. People are going to look at you like you are half crazy. That's totally cool, that means you're normally doing something right. I don't know if you all know this but I love lady gaga. People think she's a freakin crazy crack head, I think she's a marketing genius. Make waves. You can't make a wave - if you're not in the water.
Now whether you like or you hate her, she's made serious waves. I'm not saying you have to make crazy-crack head waves, but make some waves.
Don't be afraid, just take it a little at a time. Eventually all the pieces will come together. Usually the pieces start coming together and you don't even notice it and then one day you wake up, & you're like DAMN, I'm really doing this. That, my friend you are.
People waste their potential on the perfect time to get started. There's never going to be a perfect time. You're never going to be prepared to have a baby. It's just something that happens and you figure it out along the way. Do you need somewhat of a plan, of course but you're not going to have everything together, things are going to happen and you're gonna be like WTF. You're going to be scared, you're going to wonder why you even started all of this in the first place... but I'm here to tell you, it's worth it.
The time to start is NOW. Not yesterday, not tomorrow, right now. If you keep waiting and waiting, you're going to be stuck doing something you hate when you have all the ability to do something you love.
It's overwhelming, yes. But that's why you have photographers all around the country in the same boat, trying to do the same thing you are - as help. Think about it as one big AA meeting, instead it's Photog anonymous. (well not really anonymous, but you get the drift).
So many people waste their lives on things they are mediocre at, when they can be doing something that they rock at. Rock your world, make waves, and get to Z. Z is where it's at.
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