I stared at the HTML coding and figured it out, just a few more coding here and there, and presto, the graphic I created was uploaded. Little would I know the hobbies of a 15 year old would come in handy. Then I started to think about all the other tidbits of hobbies of playing with design programs, enrolling in classes, small side projects I did as a teen that led me to where I am today – and also saves me money when I need to create. In fact, I think knowing those things helps me jump into the next creative career.
Little stepping stones some call it, they are building blocks of a career, really, and as you continue down your path your noggin’ is full of skills, education, things no one can take away from you.
Step, step, step, step in Aix-en-Provence, France
As I have returned from my third blogging seminar/course/workshop in Los Angeles, I am reminded of how important it is to continue to pursue education. I took countless and poured thousands of dollars – no exaggeration, into workshops, mentorships and conferences to grow in my photography. I went fearless as a total loner to some events because I yearned to understand lighting, I purchased DVDs, books, enrolled in online classes, and completely emerged myself into the world until I was doggone sick of it that I started throwing away the magazines!
Even after earning my B.A. from UofA, I took a few design classes, ones that lasted a week but heavily focused on design programs. I was also blessed to have the company I worked for at the time invest into the cost of the education.
I believe if you are going to be something, be a real one. Learn the craft, the rules, take the time and spend the money.
Is there something you want to learn more about? I am also thankful to my friends who have helped make connections for me to help me bloom into a new career – the support of knowing I had a mortgage to pay, refusing to take anything for free, referred my services to anyone who needed a photo. To this very today I have a list of people I have to thank for the introductions, my heart swells with gratitude.
Maybe this is the time for you to step out – you’ve said goodbye to that unhealthy relationship, you’re tired of building up someone else’s dream, or you just have this new passion ignited in your heart – now’s a better time than any to step out on a limb – or on the next stepping stone. This past month I’ve seen an increase in my prerecorded online photography workshops which makes me happy to see there are still photographers investing into learning!
If there’s something that scares you, makes you curious, or something you wish you could do, consider enrolling in a class. Don’t let fear paralyze you from learning! Confidence is the key to anything and the more equipped you are with knowledge, the more you can conquer the world! And if there’s nothing you want to pursue now, what about a friend, what can you do for her to help her pursue her dreams?
Call to Action
- Write down a list of what you want to attend – conference, workshop. What is the cost? Make it a goal to save up!
- Send an email to friends telling them of your new endeavor or a reminder of what you do and ask for their support – share on FB, think of you when the services are needed, friends are there to help!
- Reach out to friends and ask them, “What are you focusing on and how can I help you get business?”
If you’re a blossoming photographer, read my interview on Rock the Shoot’s blog. I hope it inspires you.
Diana Elizabeth says it’s always a good thing to explore new interests. Go get ’em.