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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§ 2 Responses to What should I do for a career?

  • javapop says:

    Hey Tyler, yes, don’t give up! my love for photography got put on the back-burner for many years, and while I don’t use it professionally, value the power of individual images, composition light and color. I simply love capturing images that show the beauty and grandeur of God!
    Just keep stepping forward, and btw…. if you are not needing you Swahili software anymore….. perhaps you may want me to safeguard for a while?
    Love Uncle David!

  • TylerGS says:

    Yeah. That’s what I’m thinking – I still want to do photography with a purpose.

    I’d be happy to let you use it! =) I’ll see what I can do about shipping it out sometime over the next couple days.

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