I love photography and people say I’m good at it. Can I build a career on photography? Where do I start?
If you’ve asked yourself similar questions, be assured that it IS possible to build a successful career on doing what you love, whether it’s photography or something else you love to do.
Believe it or not, the very first step is believing it’s possible. If you don’t believe it’s possible, you won’t give 100% of your effort. You must believe in yourself, your talent, and your ability to succeed.
The next step is to make a promise. to yourself that you will do what’s necessary to achieve having your ‘dream job’. In order to accomplish this goal, you’ll have to be determined. Being determined starts with a commitment or promise to reach the goal.
After you’ve convinced yourself it’s possible, and you’ve decided to do whatever you need to do to get to your goal, the next step is to make a short list of what your ‘dream job’ would be like, including all the details. Be sure to include what your desired pay is, your work hours and flexibility, where you’d like to work and with whom.
Next, brainstorm your options. Would you like to do freelance photography? Work for a magazine? Open a wedding photography business?
Then, decide on a few options you’d like to pursue.
Next, do some research. Does the pay match up? Location? Which of your options seems most appealing to you? Time to choose your favorite option. Next, plan some action.
Create clear goals, using details and a realistic deadline.
What would you have to do to open that business or get a job with that company? Start taking inventory on what needs to be done to reach each goal.
Now it’s time to take action. Get some business cards printed out…name your new business…get your resume ready! This is an exciting time when you know that you’re about to make a major change in your career and do what you really love!
In your free time, do more photography. You will build up your confidence and get better and better, making your photography more marketable, while you nurture your soul by doing what you love.
If there’s a photography meetup group near you, consider joining–and if not, maybe you can start one! It’s important to have support with a goal like this, so seek out some people who believe in you.