Something different

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.


Head shot

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.


Photo finish

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:

  1. If you had one wish, how would you most love to earn your living?
  2. Given that Fate could step in any second, how are you preparing to receive your dream?





Paul Hassing | Founder & Senior Writer – The Feisty Empire