Updated: Jan 7
While it may seem like this blog is starting out of no where with a wonderfully ambitious jump into the new year, I have wanted to create one for quite some time but wasn't quite sure how to start.
I may be new to blogging but I am not new to running a business and the amazing rewards + challenges that come with that.
Even before I had my own photography business, most of my work has been as a freelancer so job security was not exactly at the top of the benefits list. I didn't mind though as I have had the wonderful opportunity to have worked on broadcast lifestyle TV shows and both short & feature-length films. Even though I loved my role which was most often as an organizer, finance manager & logistical coordinator, the creative part of me was definitely missing out. A very specific kind of FOMO.
So why create a blog now?
I realized the biggest reason I hadn't yet is because finding your niche is supposedly the way to go for anything online or business related - something I have always struggled with since starting my business. I have so many interests and things that I'm passionate about that I have found it difficult to narrow them down.
However, I have found that it is very difficult to try to divide your time & energy among all of your passions instead of giving them the focus they each deserve - at different times.
2020 was certainly a year of keeping your focus on its toes and I'm not sure about you but there were many days where I couldn't find any focus at all.
In all of the uncertainty, here are a few things that I know will help you accomplish anything and everything you set your mind to this year - and for many years to come. You can call them resolutions if you'd like - I like to consider them to be tools to help ongoing business & self improvement.
Work on building a growth mindset.
I knew I was creative but I didn't think that had a place in my job. I was starting out in a competitive creative field - while needing to pay my student loans - and it seemed that my organizational strengths happened to be useful in an industry where things somehow always are chaotic and need to happen ASAP. I desperately wanted to ask the crew how they got started and what I should try but I thought they'd judge me because that wasn't my role.
I held on to the fact that I wasn't originally accepted into a film production degree and I wasn't accepted into the editing stream afterwards. I assumed that if a school told me I wasn't good enough to start out in something it obviously meant it's not what I should try to do.
I had a fixed mindset. An optimistic one that remained hopeful, but it was still fixed when it came to my creativity and learning new skills.
Any time I wasn't good at something right away I viewed it as a failure, would not take constructive feedback and assumed that meant I shouldn't continue with it. But if I was good at something fairly quickly it was a surprise and I would downplay it immediately - to myself and anyone else who witnessed the miraculous event.
Well that just seems a bit mean doesn't it? Think of how much mental energy I could have saved! Which brings me to my next point.