Can I make a living in photography? That is the question!

posted on 19th of may, 2015

In hindsight, it really boils down to two things, and two things only: luck, and how badly you want it. Without either, you don’t have a career. Remember, you are going into a profession that has no regulation of standards, cutthroat competition, a highly subjective, non-scalable product, and high capital investment. You can be technically competent, professional, and be ready…but if every potential client you approach says no, or you don’t get a break, then you will ultimately run out of money.

Similarly, you can get jobs thrown at you out of the blue, but if you don’t work to maintain your reputation, nobody is going to come back. Talent is probably the lowest thing on the list because that can be learned and improved upon; the rest of it has to be there to some degree before you start....

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Comments (2)

Posted by Costa007 on May 20, 2015
If all the photos used for advertisements worldwide would be payed for then this problem would be a lot smaller.
But people are cheap, steal, do not stand up for each other, can't control themselves when they are in a dominant or power position. A civilized jungle where art, love, spirit are on everyone's tongue but mean nothing.

There if you needed an even more dramatic view of the situation :))
Best regards!
Posted by Martingraf on May 19, 2015
It's certainly all true - and reckon it won't get easier over the next few years - what I miss is: is this about passion being an artist or is it just about being self employed? If it's just a job then it's not different to the rat race most people are going through.

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