One step closer to turning pro

posted on 4th of february, 2008

Tomorrow I'm doing something that will take me a step closer to becoming a professional microstock contributor. A big step.

Turning professional is about getting your microstock earnings above the cost of the lifestyle you want to have as a pro. The key is in looking at both sides of that comparison. (no, that's NOT me in the photo!)

While we all strive to increase our earnings, the prospect of doing something we love as our primary source of income (full time) might be worth a few lifestyle sacrifices. Thus, reducing your cost of living can get you to 'pro' status sooner.

If you're extremely fortunate, like me, you get to make a change you're happy about that also reduces your living expenses. So tomorrow, I'm moving from Australia to Argentina. The exchange rate between the Argentinean Peso and the US dollar is greater than between the Australian dollar and the US dollar. In short, it's cheaper to live in Argentina. And while I love Australia, I'm in love with the Argentinean lifestyle and very excited about moving.

So what lifestyle sacrifices would be worth making if it meant you could become a pro microstocker?

Comments (9)

Posted by Marisabel2005 on January 30, 2010
Lee : te deseo lo mejor en Argentina, yo planeo irme cuando me retire a vivr unos meses ahi, hay una gran diferencia, en el peso y el pais, amo Canada donde tengo mi familia , donde trabaje y crie a mis hijos, pero Argentina es mi corazon,,,
Toda la suerte del alma.
Posted by Gilmourbto2001 on November 23, 2009
They say that Buenos Aires is the Paris of South America. I am jealous.
Posted by Miklav on February 06, 2009
That's a huge change Lee. I wish you all the best with your move! Which city are you moving to?
Posted by Michaeljung on February 05, 2009
it's a great idea, i have been thinking about moving too, good luck! :)
Posted by Rebeccaosborn on February 05, 2009
nice article and good idea,all the best with your new life! Good luck and ejnoy!
Posted by Joshuaraineyphotography on February 04, 2009
Good luck with Argentina. I hope it ispires your photography...
Posted by Leetorrens on February 19, 2008
You can bet on it! ;)
Posted by Valeria73 on February 05, 2008
Good luck, Lee! I admire your courage, and wish you all the best!
Posted by Photographic89 on February 04, 2008
Quite a step indeed, good luck to you, hope it all goes well. =]

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Photo credits: Konstantin Yuganov, Lee Torrens.

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Agencies like Dreamstime are what first got me excited about photography. I started shooting for the microstock market in 2005 and it\'s now a big part of my income and my life. I also blog about my adventures selling photos online and my observations about the industry.

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