What’s the best thing about having your passion as a paying gig too?
The mere idea of having the chance to do what I like as a job. It’s less hard and more enjoyable even when something annoying happens. Also, it’s amazing to show all the passion you put on the work you’re doing.
What are the struggles you’ve experienced when bagging that paid gig?
In the beginning, it’s not easy because a lot of people try to get you for free because they think it’s just a couple of photos. Over this struggle, the only way is to explain how much job is entailed to have a nice set of photos and a professional portfolio to show.
Do you think turning your passion into a paying career has cons too?
Perhaps the first con that comes in mind is about to start to be tired of being behind the camera, taking pictures. Sure, it’s an easier job because it’s also a passion but sometimes you get tired of spending so much time behind a camera and then editing. Also, there’s a tendency you get less creative and it feels repetitive.
Another one is the client… sometimes I will find that a customer who doesn’t want to listen and you have to do what he says, which is how it should be, but sometimes you can have better ideas of how that particular photoshoot could be done.
Any advice for photographers struggling to bag their first paid gig?
Keep trying and don’t give up. In the beginning, I did a few jobs for free or asking a small amount of money. It starts small. This will help you be more prepared for the next one and for a perhaps bigger gig. Also, have more stuff and put it on your portfolio. The more jobs you get, the more confident you will become to ask a higher pay.