Turning Abstract Digital Photography Into A Profession

By Serena Price

Turning your beloved hobby into a career might seem like a pipe dream, but it is a realistic possibility if you are dedicated. Lots of people dream of making money doing abstract digital photography, writing, or cooking. Making a hobby into a career can be difficult, and it doesn't happen overnight, but it can be done. Here are some ideas for things you can do to move closer to that goal.

1. Take your work seriously. Spend time every day working on your craft, and learning how to make it better. Look up all of the information you can find that will help you with this pursuit. No matter how good you are, you can always improve. Being serious and dedicated is a must for becoming a professional.

2. Create a presence on the Internet. You need to be known as someone who does valuable work in your field. You may already have several social networking profiles, but consider devotion one site specifically to your craft. For example, if you want to be a professional chef, develop a cooking blog, where you talk only about cooking tips and recipes.

3. Build your resume. Spend time creating a resume that is simple and straightforward. You may need to develop a separate resume that contains only the experience relevant to your craft. People who are looking at you as an artist do not need to know about the summer you spent working at Taco Bell when you were sixteen. Be selective about the information you include.

4. Make contacts in your field. This is also called "networking." Get to know people who work in the field you are interested in, especially those whose work has influenced you. Find out what kinds of experiences led them to where they are today, and seek out similar experiences for yourself. Having a mentor can be incredibly valuable.

5. Explore internships. Internships can be tricky because they often pay little or nothing. However, if you have financial flexibility, this is something to consider, as it can provide good training and experience. Also, explore the possibility of part-time paid work assisting someone who does what you want to do. Talk to your networking contacts and see if they can help you.

6. Make a portfolio. A portfolio may be digital or kept in a physical binder or folder, but ideally you should have both a physical copy and a digital one. That will give you more flexibility. When someone is interested in seeing your work, you can either show them the physical copy, or direct them to your digital portfolio. It is a great way to collect the best examples of your work.

With dedication and effort, you may be able to make a career out of cooking, writing, abstract digital photography, or something else that you love. It will take time and planning, but it is definitely possible. Follow the tips above to get yourself on the road to becoming a professional at what you love. It will definitely be worthwhile!

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