Today I’m a project manager for a large financially services firm, the largest fraternal benefit society in the US (maybe the world). I love my work, and believe in the organization I work for. The issue is that I have always wanted to own my own business, be my own boss etc . . That will never happen if I keep getting up at 5:30 every morning, and go to work instead of pursuing my dream. I know photography will likely never fill the whole gap, but it could be a side business that I build now, and leverage throughout my retirement years. In short, my quest is to find a way to get my photography in front of a larger audience, and eventually create a small photography business.
I have been doing / playing with digital photography for a short period of time. I have participated in a few, select online photo communities including soaphoto.com, betterphoto.com, and most recently, redbubble.com. I have also started with an online community on meetups.com which is a local group of photography enthusiasts, and I have developed my own website. From what I’m told, I do a fair job at capturing the moment, or creating something pleasing to the eye.
While all this is good, I feel like I’m wandering. I don’t feel like I have a plan, something that I can track progress to, something that helps me set goals. I think part of the issue is that I’m afraid to set that plan, because then I would have to be held accountable.
I have some ideas for more exposure. They include going to local events, and taking snapshots of people having a good time, handing them a card, and letting them download their photos from a website. Maybe do that pro-bono until I get some more notoriety. I have also thought of trying to participate in a local community gallery. Our city has art posted in the city hall, but that would mean putting together a portfolio (more work). Another idea is to talk with local ad agencies, or the local paper, and see if they need stock photos of local sites. Again, more work, and worse yet, I could be rejected, and my dream could be crushed.
Next step . . . I’m going to create a plan, and post it here. I don’t know when I will complete the plan, but I’m committing to creating a plan. Any feedback you provide would be wonderful.
More to come