I am a 41 year old father of 3 who has worked a steady stream of meaningless, low wage "jobs" over the past 12 years. It's a constant struggle to keep our heads above water. That being said, I have had a camera in my hand ever since I can remember. I love to shoot. I'm fairly good at it. From time to time I make money with it. I have a website with a decent portfolio. Right now, I'm stuck in a job that I truly, truly hate. Should I just jump headfirst into shooting full time and not look back?
Well, that is one way to put a fire under your ass and sometimes it’s the fire under your ass that you need to ignite your fuse. Boy… there’s a visual metaphor. Anyway…
You realize that when you jump you take your family with you on that jump. You fail, they fail. You succeed, they succeed. It’s a ton of pressure that I can’t just tell you to do it. I’d hate to pat you on the back, give you a big cheer and …. watch you die. But… that said. I did it. I just jumped. Eff it. I’m going for it. If I go splat then it’s back to a shit job. Ok. Here we go!
Have some late night talks with those closest to you. Get some sort of a game plan together. See if you can move to part time in your suck job or pick up a part time job. 20 hours a week at some places will give you some benefits and a bit of money. It’s kind of a half jump. Figure out who you are going to market to and spend the next six months marketing like hell to those folks. Get a bit ahead of where I was when I jumped.
Slash and burn your expenses. Get ready for beans and rice.
I can’t say… Yes!!! But if you do… best of luck and God’s speed to you sir. May God bless you and keep you. Welcome to the storm! Have fun but don’t die! Wheeeee! More waves! Wheeeeeee!
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