Sunday, June 25, 2017

Desired Direction

"You're supposed to be the leading 
lady in your own life, for God's sake! "
- Iris, The Holiday

There have been many conversations I've had with young aspiring photographers and film makers, artist, and creators who's hearts and minds are full of questions of how they can catapult themselves into steady work. I'll start with asking them a series of questions but the most profound question is "When someone asks you what you do for a living do you tell them you're ________ (whatever they aspire to be)?" 

Just about 9 out of 10 times they lack the confidence to say what they do just because they have yet to earn the credibility, or have the steady clientele, or reputation in the industry of their choice, or whatever they feel is holding them back. The excuse list could be long and endless. And that's just what it is. Excuses.

*Cue flashback monologue* At 19 years old, I was dumb enough to have that false sense of confidence. I hadn't yet photographed a wedding or even done many portraits but I was determined to be a photographer. With years of experience in high school yearbook I really thought I had it going on! But at every chance I hustled my way into taking photos of pretty much everyone I knew. And when people asked and even when they didn't ask I worked into the conversation that I was a photographer. Yes, it was that easy for me...that's how dumb I was, but thankfully so. 

You know the coined phrase "Fake it till you make it"? Well, you could say that I was the total epitome of it. And I am certain I wasn't the first and I'm certain how most of all creatives became successful. It takes giving yourself permission to claim what you desire to obtain. Do it. Say it over and over to yourself until you can say it to another living being. That might be a plant or your dog at first, but the point is that you'll get there by taking this first step to take your creative professional life in the direction you so desire. 
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