No one wants to wait. For anything. Waiting is boring. If you really want something, you want it now. When ordering something online you want it in your box the next day. The latest.
Waiting is a frustrating feeling. And being frustrated turns you into a very unproductive person.
When you have decided that travel photography (or any kind of job in arts) is what you want to spend your time doing, you need to realize that getting from where you are now (where ever in your career that may be) to where you want to be (where ever that might be) will take time.
If you are still an enthusiast amateur in your field (oh, those were the days) and are hoping to be able to pull off a full-time salary as a photographer, it will take years. I have been shooting for almost ten years and this very year, I happened to get my most exiting gig ever. The kind of job - and the kind of framework - that I want to have.
And even if you have been working as a photographer for a while and are aiming to tweak or change your area - it will still probably take years!
There is no short-cut
There’s no quick fix. There’s no “10 steps that will make you a travel photographer today”. It is just hard work and determination. You know how it is; if it was easy, everyone would do it.
I’m not telling you this to discourage you - I’m saying it to ENCOURAGE you! Encourage you to spend every second from now until you reach you goal exploring, learning, making new connections. Encourage you to work hard every day to reach where you want to be, because you know the f*cking amazing feeling that you will have when you have reached where you want to be and are able to look at all the other people that woke up every morning, Googling for the easy and quick way to become what they want, just to go to bed the same night in frustration and waking up the next morning to start all over.
Being an artist is about developing all the time.
There is no ultimate end-goal
There’s not going to be a morning where you will wake up thinking “Dude, I know everything now!”. The only ultimate end of your path is you dying. (I’m talking about literally dying.) Then it doesn’t matter what you reached in the very end, the only thing that matters is if you had an awesome time up until then!
Whenever you realize this, all the envy and stress about not being like your role models will fall off your shoulders like you’re made of teflon.
Understand that making progress takes time and in a year from now you will be light-years ahead of the photographer who’ve spent the last 12 months trying all the shortcuts and How-To’s on the web.
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