What gets you up in the morning?
It’s a simple question but an important one.
Do you get up at the crack of Dawn (sorry Dawn) to go and work your fingers to the bone for someone else or are you one of the rare 20% that ‘do it for themselves’?
In 2010 my to be fiancé gave me a camera 📷 I’m a #creative kind of chap and mixed with my #obsessive compulsive way of mastering a #skill I set about the craft of #photography. Every day after #work I would go out on my little scooter to the nearest sunset and take pictures until it was dark or if it was in the winter I would sit at my computer processing the images I had taken at the weekend. After roughly 4 years of doing this I had a nice portfolio of images, a #Licentiateship with the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS) held numerous #exhibitions ( well about 4 to be precise) and sold just enough images to break even.
Whether the time taken to get to this proficiency was 10,000 hours or more I’m not quite sure, but suffice to say the enjoyment of the #craft made me feel like I had done it all my life.
So, I’m a photographer then? Yes and no, I love photography but I’m not a photographer by profession (at least not yet). I’m a creative who was looking for a means to leave my 9-5.
Why do I not make a living from photography?
That’s for another day, the point I’m trying to make here is that from that process of perfecting my craft I actually found that I had learnt to learn in a more efficient way... which leads me to my #voiceover #career.
As to the why? Well why not, other people have done it for years so I knew it was a legitimate career decision.
It was more of the ‘How’ that interested me more. I knew it wasn’t a get #rich quick profession and I knew I would have to put in the hours and invest in the proper training and meet with like minded people. .
Because, I had the skills to learn more efficiently I was able to work on every aspect in a methodical and logical way slowly building on my craft as a #voice artist and in only 2 years working around 2-3 hours per night #auditioning, building my #brand, growing my social media I was able to say goodbye to my old life and say hello to my new one.
To say I was 💩 #scared is an understatement but I have an incredible woman who is my rock in this world and who makes anything I do... just work!
I wake up every morning for myself and my dearest Rachel and In the end my #family and #friends benefit as a result.
I read somewhere ‘You can do anything you want to in life, you just can’t do everything’ so I just #focus on what I like doing and then going helms-deep into it. It’s the #process and the journey not the end result that yields the greatest #rewards.
Oh yeah, one more thing, you don’t need anyone’s #approval but if you feel you do then listen to me; ‘ you have my approval’ now go kick some ass!
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