What should I do for a career?

November 19, 2010 § 2 Comments

When I was young, I wanted to be a cowboy. I pictured myself riding my horse over miles and miles of pasture land, branding cattle, and fixing fences. When my family moved to Illinois, that dream became a reality. I started working with a friend who was a real cowboy. Life was bliss.

Time passed, and I decided I’d rather be a pastor. I wanted to move to Chicago and minister to the folks living the tough life of the hood. I pictured myself facing dangers untold while sharing the gospel with gangsters.

That dream didn’t last very long. I soon wanted to become a firefighter. I loved the hours they worked – 24 on, 48 off. It would be great to raise a family working those hours! I also had the idea of holding Bible studies for my buddies.

After a couple months, my dreams of being a firefighter were replaced with what I thought was a calling to the mission field. I wanted to go to Kenya to preach the gospel to the Massai. I pictured myself raising goats to support myself and to blend in with society (as much as I could, being a white man). This dream lasted the longest of them all, but it was replaced too.

In early 2009, I started taking pictures with Chad’s Pentax camera. The pics weren’t all that great, but my interest was sparked. A couple months later I was given a Nikon D40. It didn’t take me long to figure out the controls, and I started learning how to take decent pictures. Pretty soon I was thinking the same thing many other kids my age think – digital photography is cheap and cool, so I’ll try turning it into a career!

I worked hard to turn the idea of having a photography business into a reality. I started reading books and blog posts on producing astounding portraits, getting customers, and running a photography business. I never knew there was so much that went into doing photography – much more than just pointing and shooting. The more I learned about the guts of marketing, the less I liked it.

I’ve now come to the point where my dream of running a photography business may be about to die. I still love photography and I definitely want to keep it up, but I’m not so sure that I want to turn it into a career. If I can work for a photographer, that would be different. I don’t want to do it by myself, though.

So what do I want to do for a career? I don’t exactly know yet. Photography isn’t out of the question, but I’m considering other options. We’ll see what happens.


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