So yeah, the freelance photographer floating through life like a rainy cloud will now talk to you about not liking your job. But before I continue a quick disclaimer. Don’t quit your day job or decline everything that not fits your thinking a hundred percent just yet. You’ll probably go bankrupt before you can wallow in your new found freedom.
Of course living the life of an artist, successful or not, may not involve sitting in an office from nine to five with your boss who already lost his hair from stress screaming down on you, but it surely has its own twists and turns. Beneath the eternal struggle of paying your bills lies the questions of what jobs you will take and which one you will (more or less respectfully) decline.
So instead ask yourself: What do I really want to do and can I survive by just doing that? For myself I started out by wanting to do people-photography which lately led me to being booked by a firm that travels around and creates beauty-shootings for private clients at affordable prices. From the business side this means, high volume, do everything by the book, no creativity or experimenting needed. After doing this over the last week I quickly realized that this can’t be the proper way for me. The week before I was doing model shoots in my area, worked on this blog and worked on a customized leather jacket and I felt great. I was free and doing the artsy stuff I like. This week, not so much. Instead I was here and there while not really wanting to be, photographing people that didn’t really want to be there as well but were often getting peer pressured into it by their bffs or simply convinced by the pretty decent salesman of the company I was working for. After returning from this assignment it became clear to me that all the inspiration I had gathered up during the week before was completely gone, hidden in a deep dark hole way below.
So I broke it off with this client and instead started focussing on finding new clients in the area of post-production and with shoots where I can apply my own style.
Remember, I’m not telling you to walk away from everything immediately. I still finished my assignment and wrote an invoice, I just know more specific what I want for the future. So my message here is rather than to limit yourself right away go out and find your niche, find what you really want to do and work towards getting jobs in exactly that field. It won’t necessarily make anything easier, but how does that song go… “If you’ll never try, you’ll never know!” and I figure in the long run it will be worth it. By miles!