Avoid Distractions & Over Analyzing
These days, there’s no shortage of distractions to take your focus off your goal(s). I mean, just look at Facebook. As much as I love to see how my friends all over the world are doing, it’s also a time-sucking beast that wants me (and you) to click on everything. Do I really need to see that cute cat video, again? Well, duh?! Yes! But not 10 times in a row, when all of my friends share it. And do we really need to see all the “mind-blowing” “shocking” “amazing” and “she did this” and “you will not believe” stuff. Facebook for all of its wondrous features wants you to spend as much time with their paid and viral content as possible so that they can rack in the dough.
But anyway, enough about my rant. Facebook is a time waster, we all know that. What else do you waste your time on? Thinking too much? Analyzing the correct path to success? Wondering “will they like my work?” In my last post, Who’s in the Driver’s Seat?, I started to explore the conflict between your inner creativity and what of visual style will help create/sustain a viable business.
I’ve racked my brain over that exact dilemma. I debated, in my mind, what kind of photos do I want to create and be happy creating at the same time. Have I come to any strong conclusions? Not really. Nothing that I didn’t already know, at least. I’ve known what I need to do for a long time now, I’ve just had too many things on my plate or just Paralysis by Analysis.
For me, I still want to create beautiful images, but I have to make it a business, if I want to survive (in life). After all, I still have to pay my bills, eat, save for retirement, etc. You know, all those things you need to do if I or you still need to do to maintain a healthy life. So what does that mean for me? First, really start treating it like a business. Creative people have a stigma of being poor business-people. Second, shoot as much as possible and show many respected industry professionals as possible and get their constructive feedback. I sought out some industry feedback last year and while mostly positive, they guided me to fill some holes in my body of work.
I’m still working filling in those holes, but I’m in a better place, now. I guess the moral of the story is 3 things…. (1) to try to avoid distractions, as much as possible, (2) determine if you want to make your photography (or art) a real thing/business or if it’s just a hobby and (3) if it is a real thing/business, treat is as such.