About 4 years ago, I met a young woman who wanted to be a music photographer. I gave her some advice, and told her that she was getting into it at the wrong time. She was very driven, appreciated my comments but said she was still going forward. We have kept in touch, and I have seen her work improve over time. I got this email from her yesterday:
I’ve quit music photography. I came to terms with the fact that this is a horrible time to be a music photographer, and it’s only getting worse. I see people who are like what I was 5 years ago… determined, passionate, hard working, but they’re still not getting anywhere and probably never will. It was hard, but I realized that it’s not something I even enjoy doing anymore. It was just a source of anger and resentment in my life that I needed to get rid of. There’s no point in doing something you don’t love, that makes you angry, and actually costs you money instead of making any.
Can’t really blame her!