How are you doing on this beautiful Tuesday morning?
Today I have an embarrassing story to share with you … (dun dun dun!!!)
Please don’t laugh – I’m just trying to prove a point.
As a fresh-out-of-university graduate I decided to bite the bullet and pour my heart and soul into being a professional photographer. Easy, right? Wrong. With a very limited portfolio and NO formal education in photography (my degree was in marketing) I really struggled to prove to people (and to myself) that my photography was worth a certain amount of money.
To be blunt – I had no clue what I was doing business-wise.
I failed to realise that learning to run a business, similar to everything else in life, is a process with lots of stepping stones and that it’s okay to feel lost along the way. Here’s the embarrassing truth – It actually took me quite some time to recognise that if I wanted to be a successful business owner I would have to make enough money to pay my bills (obvious now, not-so-obvious back then *cringe*).
As soon as this brainwave hit me I started to take my business really seriously - and so did others. I had to learn that to run a successful business you must run your business as if it’s already successful (tweet it here!). In other words, I do this for a living - not as a hobby!
Anyways, the moral of the story is that no one really knows what they’re doing at the beginning. And that’s okay, but we can’t let our fears and insecurities hold us back from offering our beautiful artwork to the world and from getting paid fabulously at the same time.
Do you ever feel “too young” or “too old”, “too this” or “too that” to be taken seriously in the photography industry? Need a boost in the right direction? Then this video is for YOU!
BAM! I really hope you enjoyed this video and that you got loads of value from it.
As usual, if you love it please share it! You would make my day!
Big hugs and I hope you have an inspirational Tuesday!
P.S. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates