How many of you would actually want to take photographs for a living, I wonder?
Yes, we know the horror stories about how hard it can be and those who feel they’ve been robbed of their passion, but isn’t it about more than that? Fundamentally, aren’t such things about finding out… ‘giving it a go’… and not living a life that accumulates a growing pile of ‘coulda-woulda-shoulda’?
Some full-time professionals say, ‘were I to do it all again, I would earn money another way and keep my photography as a personal activity, so there’s no pressure and I can really enjoy it’, but they know. On top of this, some of these people perhaps don’t know what it is like to be doing a job that they genuinely dislike, or even hate. Feeling that some of the passion and shine has been knocked off a hobby probably ranks as a 9/10 option to many people! Of course making a decent living from photography is not easy (and it is arguably more competitive than ever), but that’s another issue.
A little while ago, Ming Thein wrote an article about finding ‘The Career You Really Want‘ and while it got me thinking, it obviously got Google’s advertising algorithms thinking and I saw a link or ad (somewhere) for a talk by Scott Dinsmore. He founded ‘Live Your Legend‘, which aims to encourage people to seek employment that is more closely aligned with their personal interests. His TED talk is shown below:
My career has been all over the place, probably because I have never had a problem following my interests. In fact my problem has been ignoring them, being sensible and doing what ‘a normal person would do’. I’ve fully embraced not being typical and when I finally leave Afghanistan (in the not too distant future), I will be making some dramatic changes so that I can spend a lot more time doing what I love. I’ve struck by bouts of excitement and abject terror in equal measure, but excitement won!
Have you been in a similar position, either having made the switch, or wishing you could?
Sadly, Scott Dinsmore was killed by a falling boulder in Tanzania, while climbing Kilamanjaro, in September 2015.