In this weeks blog I wanted to talk about trying not to think about making money and instead just concentrating on getting better and “perfecting” your craft. The money will come because of that.
The main reason you are going to make money from your craft is because you are good at what you do and people will want to pay you for that service, but in order to get to that stage you need to be very good at that craft. How do you do that? PRACTICE and practice even more. I was told this by a couple of people when I started thinking about making money from my photography, every time I asked them a question related to making money they always said “don’t worry about that yet, PRACTICE and get better and then the money will come”. Like an arrogant fool I just took that with a pinch of salt and thought that I wasn’t that far away from being good enough to start doing paid work. I regret that thought now looking back, I might have been “good” enough but I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have the confidence in myself at that time to start asking people to pay me for my work. The only way to get that confidence is to keep practicing and then start doing free work for people until you get to the stage you think you can deliver that work time and time again. But never stop practising! No matter how good you think you are.
DO WHAT YOU WANT/BE YOU
This is another downside if you keep thinking about making money and not just enjoying the process. For me it was a case of I disliked the job that I was in and wanted a way out, I saw this as the perfect opportunity to push for my goal of making a living from my photography. This was OK but then I sacrificed making what I wanted to make and instead concentrated on trying to make images and work that had been proven to make money for other people. Now to an extent this is good, you might have to do things that you wont necessarily enjoy but you just do it because it pays and that’s fine. But don’t get to the stage I did where I wasn’t fully expressing MYSELF in my images and instead lost my identity a bit. This I a really bad stage to get too because the main reason people will hire you over someone else is because of your STYLE. Don’t fall inline with the other 10,000 sheep going the same way and doing the same thing. Be different and be YOU! Walk in the opposite direction and create your own path. That’s how you will stand out and you will eventually get noticed for that. Believe in YOURSELF!
The final thing is to just keep going. No matter how hard it gets and how far away you are from your goal. Just remember you are lucky! There are a lot of people out there that are in a worse position than you in this world. I watched one of Casey Niestats videos the other day of him giving a talk and one thing that stayed with me was that everyone person that has ever stepped out to do their own thing never knew the path, they had and idea and the passion and a rough idea of the goal but none of them ever knew how to get there. They all just took there idea and then ran with it knowing that if they persisted they would eventually get there. The goal or idea of success may change along the way and that’s fine but you will always end up somewhere different then the place you started at!
Don’t Follow Paths, Create Them,