I was just reading an article on this blog and the sentence “in a world where everyone’s a designer, designing isn’t enough anymore” made me laugh (out loud):
“Wait until you are a photographer in the world where everyone is a photographer!”
Then designing will seem quite enough already. And then I got a little sad. I was thinking how social pressure influences us, since by nature we are social animals. And then my mind went on to tonight’s dinner, all the while playing music in my head and questioning the sanity of the person who wrote the article in National Geographic that I read last night…
Seriously, we are so easily affected by one another – someone tells us things smell bad and we begin to sense the smell where there wasn’t any a minute ago!
I remember how a friend of mine [thoughtfully] forwarded me a post from New York Times, which spoke about the photography market being overwhelmed with people willing to do the job, and the lack of such jobs, and how very hard it must be to make a living anymore when you are a photographer. And even up to this day I have people (who care deeply about me) “helping” (!) by trying to convince me how bad the economy is, especially for photographers. Thank you guys.
Please don’t help me.
Although, I could see how wedding photography market is over saturated, for example. It seems that everyone who’s a photographer at some point agrees to shoot a wedding or two. And then there are also folks whose bread and butter is weddings. And then there’s also those who shoot weddings, but they are neither incredibly good, nor are professionals. That piece of pie looks like it’s Gone, I’m telling ya! Although it may only seem that way, because the wedding industry in America is very (very!) large. I don’t have the numbers in yet – to support my statement, but I think that’s obvious to everyone who doesn’t live in Quebec.
But I have not met too many people that do what I do, which is a solid commercial work for advertising, promotions, and corporate photography among others. And those who do – they have enough on their plate. Of course, there’s quiet times, but that’s when you’re supposed to go on vacation anyway, right?
And I was supposed to make this post short.
So, to cut to the chase – there is enough jobs for everybody, don’t you fret. And if you don’t have any – start thinking about what you do wrong rather than blaming the economy or people taking away your work.
Umm, but I still wish I could do some graphic design. I can’t even think of a good logo for myself, forget about doing them for other people.
May be I should take some graphic design courses, that would be fun, right?
And to all my wonderful designer friends I say – there’s only 24 hours in a day, I can’t do all of my work and then do yours. Plus, who says I’ll be any good at it? Isn’t that what we’re all here for – to expand and grow together?
Charlie’s blog I mentioned above is great by the way. Bookmark it or add to your feed if it’s related to what you do.
It is almost Friday! What are you doing this weekend?