I guess you can say I’m a photographer; I’ve done portrait work, news, sports, and some weddings along with engagements. Some people actually think I make a nice amount.
What’s funny? I work a regular job. Correction, I work TWO regular jobs in the retail world. Why? Because photography is a world of competition…and I need other ways to pay my bills.
Nowadays, ANYONE can pick up a camera (because it’s so inexpensive) and be a “photographer”. That 16 year old or 50 year old with the entry level Nikon or Canon? “Oh hey, can you take some photos for me?”
Hell, you don’t even have to know what ALL the functions do as long as you can press that button and people will go “Wow! You’re amazing!”
Where is all this going? Here: I HATE, HATE, HATE, HAAAAAAAATEboth of my jobs. I’m 23 and working a retail job. Granted, there are folks much older and doing the same but I remember back in community college in my life focus class I had one dream.
When I was asked what I wanted to do when I was older or graduated I told my group mates I wanted to have my own photography business/studio. Technically, I do but it’s not up to where I wanted it to be. I’ve been sidetracked by doubts, other career interests, money, etc.
Now here is where things get a bit weird: I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF I WANT TO DO THAT EITHER.
The one thing I find very difficult about myself is that I always think I’ll be friends with someone for a long period of time even if we both know that friendship is no longer there. I’m always trying (and hoping) to see if we can work something out.