A lot of things happened during the last year in my career. I think I could say that it's been my most productive year this far. Among other things I've started two projects that both got very emphasized in press and social media.
100 Days is a blog where I publish hundred of my travel pictures with the background-story and a tip on how to take better travel photos. A simple idea, but very appreciated. The other project is pretty huge. Ginourmous. People born in 175 countries shares the streets in my hometown, Malmö. In The EthniCity Project I meet and photograph one person from each of those countries.
This relatively short period of time have taught me the single most important key to success.
The ability to stop planning and start doing.
The idea for The EthniCity Project came almost two years ago. After the first thought it stayed in the far back of my head, almost invisible for over a year. I had other things to do, other places to be. But then it surfaced again. And I decided to really get it out there. The thing is, I'm not a patient man. If something takes too long, I´ll get bored and lose my interest. I knew that I had to get this project on the road quickly. One month later the project website and facebook-page was online. Two weeks later, I'd figured in four interviews about The EthniCity Project. I didn't send out a press-release until months later. I didn't do anything more than sharing the Facebook page to a few friends. It all happened by itself. Because you and me all loves people that are productive. They inspire us. They teach us.
I was planning everything, back and fourth. I needed that camera. I needed that studio light. I needed this. And that. And that. One day I had an epiphany. If I continue to wait for the perfect time, when I can afford buying everything that I "need" for this project, I´ll never get there. It will just be waiting and then, nothing. It will die and I will lie on my death-bed and think "dude, why didn't you just do it?".
There is another benefit by making the project official at an early stage. By doing so The EthniCity Project gained instant momentum and people started to contact me instead of me having to find the people I needed. Now I can get in touch with the people to photograph just by making a status update. I can get in touch with just the right people by asking the people following the project.
You will have a lot of f*ck-ups. You will make mistakes. You will have to try again. But nothing of that would disappear if you spend months and months planning. Trial and error is the most efficient way to do anything.
The trick is to decide - for yourself - that you are doing it. Right now. Take a piece of paper and a pen. Jot down anything that you need to do, then pick another piece of paper and sort everything in the order you need to do it. Then, start with the first point on the list.
It is actually as easy as that. Don't listen to people that say it is not possible. They are just scared. Don't listen to yourself telling now is not the perfect time. You are just scared of failing. You won't.