Both on this blog and in person I’ve been thinking and discussing personal projects a lot. As you may have seen – my last blog post I’ve started along the path of doing a personal project myself, the first that I can truly call a “project”.
Part of this also ties into my admiration for freelancers – having never gone it out alone I find the whole prospect rather daunting – not that I’m thinking about it seriously – but it is a consideration from time to time. E.g. A Retoucher friend, Hazel Nelson, has recently gone freelance. If you need any work done – go ask her.
So when I happened across this video just now it struck a chord – it shows someone wanting to move to doing different work but in the same industry and how he went about it – with passion – and investing time in it. If you really have the passion for it and want to do something it’s worth giving it a damn good go. Thought I’d post the video to share.
Just subscribed to the lynda vimeo channel.
A topic I often reflect on is the possibility of going it out solo / alone…..
Having worked in IT for almost 14 years I’ve never actually freelanced. I’ve always been a PAYE employee. In all that period I’ve only been out of work something like 2-3 months – most of it when made redundant 6 years ago. I didn’t try to “go alone” in any way – I just hit the job sites and search, search, searched for IT work in Photography which I eventually found. So from time to time when thinking about photography, inspirational entrepreneurs when reading Wired, and stories like Instagram etc I wonder what it would be like to go it solo. Start my own company, do something I’m passionate about and be my own boss.
The prospect is quite scary to me. Especially in the current climate and when reading so many photography blogs about it being a bad time for the industry either due to spending cuts or so many “weekend warriors” (such as myself) taking the work of full time pros.
However it is also quite appealing. Both for the creativity but also other aspects – such as being your own boss. Sometimes I feel like I’m hitting my head against a brick wall when dealing with bosses. Also hearing stories about the founders of .com’s such as Twitter, instagram, GoPro, Facebook and so on makes me think that to “make it big” you have to take a bold step into the unknown.
Will I ever do it ?
I don’t know. Currently my safety net or the Satatus Quo is to safe to let go. I guess there is the option of doing something part time – but I never seem to have spare time for anything.
But for those that do – I salute you.
What started this ramble ?
The video is very inspiring, but Zack’s blog post very scary. Both seem to go hand in hand on this topic.