Are you ready for this? I wasn’t.
Like Madonna (well, a bit) I reinvent myself to stay viable:
- HR to copywriting.
- Recruitment ads to blogging.
- $600 resumes.
Recently I had a chance to add an exciting new income string to my bow.
I blew it.
I’m a big fan of the maxim:
Preparation + Opportunity = Success
I now know that one out of three is bad.
This got me wondering if you are:
- Keen to diversify your product or service offering.
- Ready to seize a big chance / lucky break if it comes.
In the picture
You may have heard me banging on about my photos here or here.
A prospective client did, and called my bluff.
He asked me to do a paid photo shoot for his new business, which involves flinging kettlebells (pictured) around the joint.
I told him that, while deeply flattered, I certainly wasn’t a professional.
He said he’d give me a go anyway.
I said if he didn’t like the shots, he wouldn’t pay.
Just shoot me
I was very nervous on the day.
It was a bright, windy, busy Saturday afternoon in the park.
As soon as I got there, I realised we needed a dull, calm, deserted Monday morning in the gym.
Then I saw the background wasn’t so good. (Note the flaring sky, busy tree line, truncated car and blue bag. [Mine!])
The client requested a blurred-motion shot.
I hadn’t read my camera’s manual, so I got him to run around really fast.
Then he asked for one of those six-shots-in-a-second sequences.
The best I could do was one shot every six seconds!
As I ground through 109 images, I became painfully aware of the chasm between dabbler and devotee.
I’m lucky to take one good photo a fortnight. I work alone and rarely shoot people.
I could have bridged my knowledge gap, if I’d been hungry enough.
But it seems I’m content with my lot.
Happily, I did get a few useable shots and received $80 for my trouble.
But the next shoot will be done by a proper photographer with an industrial-strength single-lens reflex camera and one of those big, bendy circles that reflects light in your face.
If you’re a budding snapper, you may think I’ve wasted the chance of a lifetime to start getting paid for having fun.
So my questions to you (and everyone else) are:
- If you had one wish, how would you most love to earn your living?
- Given that Fate could step in any second, how are you preparing to receive your dream?