Not that this is any life-saving choice for a profession by any means, but the adage is “love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life”.
Oh, don’t we all wish we could do what we love, and actually get paid – HANDSOMELY- to do it?
I’ve been trying to do just that, with minimal (OK, who am I kidding?) almost a nil success rate, leaving me to wonder who in the world came up with that adage, and why isn’t it working for me? Am I the only one in the world whose job preference can’t sustain them to even afford life’s basic necessities: housing, a decent car, world travel, financial security?
By now you must be wondering what it is that I hoped I could earn a living doing.
I love covering events. I enjoy photographing event makers, writing and reporting on the event. I won’t say I’m the best at it by any means. But I do enjoy this. As I am learning, yet again, there is no money in writing.
Newspapers pay a pautry stipend, and wait weeks to pay you. You really have to have other means to be able to sustain yourself because writing alone isn’t going to do it.
I thought about going into broadcast news and being the face in front of the camera, telling the story. But as you know, there are only so many faces on an evening or morning news broadcast.
Then there is my love of photography. I’ve captured many faces; famous and not so famous. I love capturing a moment in time; an expression, an act, an event that people talk about afterwards.
I found out that it’s hard joining a successful magazine or newspaper because there are only so many photographers needed per newspaper or magazine.
That’s when I started writing and photographing on my own social media site. I get to do what I love, and enjoy my passion at the same time.
Granted, it doesn’t change the world, and it won’t make me rich or famous (or will it?), but it’s what I love.
People could spend their whole lives doing what they love before they get their big break. It is true that most famous people have endured quite a bit, and have failed more times than they have succeeded. Yet, it only takes one success to change your life, and the world.
Do what you love, and you’ll never have to work another day in your life. The statement is a fun one, but it doesn’t always pan out, or pay the bills.