I heard on a podcast the other day that something like 90% of people think they are exceptional. It doesn’t take strong math skills to figure out that statistically this doesn’t add up in the reality of things. That is why I highly suggest when considering to go pro that the first thing you need to do is ask yourself a couple of tough questions.
You need to dig deep and be really, really honest with yourself and say
“do you I have talent as a photographer that exceeds what your average camera enthusiast may possess?”
“Do I have a little something extra that can be nurtured and developed into producing sustainable and consistent professional level image results?”
Take a look around at what is being produced at a professional level in the genera of photography you are interested in and match those up with the work you are currently creating. Do you feel confident you can compete? Take a step further and don’t be afraid to also seek the opinion of others, as the answers to these questions will really be the basis of whether photography, as a full time career, is for you.
I am one of the first to always encourage people to go for their dreams, move forward boldly and fearlessly! You only live once, don’t limit yourself, don’t be negative, seize the moment but I would add in there when entering into a business venture that is based on the true existence of some core, natural talent to also not be delusional.
After you get pass the questions of whether you posses viable talent, then you need to follow up with are you really going to enjoy making photography your profession? Being a professional photographer can be an all consuming 24/7 kind of job with no guarantees and limited checkpoints. This sounds exiting to some – while for others the choice of maintaining their photography as something they enjoy doing in their free time is much more rewarding and enjoyable.
There are a lot of amazing photographers who don’t work professionally (easily observable on Instagram) as having talent and being able to take great images is really only the starting point on whether being a pro photographer is for you.