Passion is a word that gets thought around all the time in creative fields. Doing what interests you, inspires you or having a hobby is another term. I’ve been told that turning your passion into a career is the quickest way to kill it. The truth is if its a true passion you can’t do without it, you can’t go a single day without thinking about it. I’m not talking about sex, food or money I’m talking about something so visceral you have to do it regardless of modern life’s priorities.
Taking a break
It’s called many things, burnout, a holiday, self-reflection, personal time or recharging your batteries. Whatever you call it, it’s OK to step away from your craft, it might even be necessary. For myself, I put the camera down, stoped writing and deleted my social media from my phone for two months, I needed to step away and take a creative break. This is why you might need it too.
As creatives, we all go in and out of phases. Be it trying something new, putting a twist on previous work to outright stopping our practice to follow other endeavours. We buy new gear in hopes it will change something, be it adopt a new way to look at things. Whatever you’re going through or been through we all have Phases.
Foster your passion
Most people wouldn’t argue that young individuals could excel in a field of their choosing if only the knew what they were passionate about. I would not give the advice ‘follow your passion’ to young individuals like most inspirational speakers. I would rather say to them foster a passion.
Show the world what you want
Show the world what you want – If you want to be known as a specialised photographer, you’ll need to start presenting yourself as one. The advantage of doing this is over time if you are consistent your audience will get to know you for it.
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