Over on APhotoEditor, there’s a posting about the so called REAL state of being a professional photographer (I also see this applying to multimedia journalist)
After I say “Get out of the way if you can’t take the competition”
I’ve been at this for a very long time and I’ve seen drastic changes come – at one point I gave up being a photographer for 10 years due to the cost of high entry cost barrier moving from film to digital, but I’m back at it hard core and realized I HAD to make it work – it’s what I love to do and I’m willing to give my clients the best I have to offer – and be true to myself as a businessman. There are no guarantees in ANY profession. If I’m going to do something – it will be something I truly love doing.
To the others in this field, If you can’t make the commitment to yourself and do whatever it takes to make it a success, maybe you should consider a different career. Being in this field is not for the faint at heart. It requires a level of commitment and courage to yourself in running a business – along with the ability to be an artist at the same time. Not everyone is cut out for this. I’ve known I wanted to be a visual content creator – first as a photographer back in 1977, then 2007 as a video journalist and since 2009 as a multimedia journalist.
You can hire someone cheap, but it’s my belief – and this has been shown time and time again, you get what you pay for when you go down that path.
Add to the equation of my shooting solo – and producing compelling content as a Solo Multimedia Journalist – that requires more than just a business sense or artistic sense alone – that requires a level of continued commitment to doing WHATEVER it takes to be different from the rest of the pack – and that allows me to bring that level of commitment to my clients projects.
The bottom line is this: You have to ask yourself what success means for you – not what it means based upon the rest of the worlds definition of success. Once you can answer that question truthfully to yourself, then you can make an informed decision.