Every morning I feel the urge to write. The first thing I crave is coffee and an outlet to brain dump. I’m a writer. Declare your title.
I’m also a professional photographer, yes, but I’ve used writing as an outlet my entire life. That’s part of why I love this blog so much and why I believe in its ability to pull my career forward.
I’ve never been afraid to declare a title based off of what I do with my time as of late. Sometimes, I settle into a title. Other times, it falls by the wayside with less weight than when I declared it.
(This belief is in part why our medical system is so effed up if you ask me…)
There’s this thing in the photography industry where men and women who chase their dream of being a photographer for days, weeks, months….even years in some cases, are too afraid to ever say, “I’m a photographer”.
I think that’s a shame.
I remember what I found defining a “professional musician” as someone who plays a musical instrument, and has been or is paid to do so.
That made me a “professional musician” by seventh or eighth grade.
Last winter, I’d say “Photography Student“…even though I had grossed 40k doing what I love the year prior. I still might revert back to that title at times when learning takes up more of my time than shooting for couples and income. I’m sure I will see many seasons of “Photography Student” over “Professional Photographer”.
Based on what you do, not only on what you have done.