Anonymous said: Tom, how did you know that photography was for you? Did you ever consider a regular desk job? Did fears ever effect you in relation to how you would make a living from it? I'm 24, graduated last year and I love photography as a hobby and have done for over 3 years. On paper, I'm doing pretty well- great salary, working as a lawyer for an Oil Company. Unfortunately I just feel a bit out of place with the 9-5 - it feels like corporate servitude... it sucks...
Hey, sorry for the delayed response to this ask.
I have always enjoyed photography and art, my Grandpa was an illustrator and I was greatly influenced by him from a young age. Prior to University I had never considered making a living out of my creativity. In a panicked few months I landed in a four year course studying Graphic Design. I enjoy my photography and I am able to make a living from it - as far as I’m concerned that’s all I need to justify that it’s right for me.
I used to want to get into PR and marketing but that idea was shattered after exams in secondary school. I have fears almost everyday about my future in photography and how I will be able to grow but that fear motivates me and fortunately I have a huge amount of ambition that drives me to succeed in what I do.
Nobody can tell you what’s right or what to do. You have to assess that. I know people who have worked in oil for years and then left after they have realised they have a stronger platform in photography and the hunger to go for it. I would recommend staying at your job and trying to expand your photography in your spare time and see what happens, taking it full time could ruin the hobby for you.