I've been awfully busy lately. The unfortunate truth is that I've been busy with everything else besides shooting new work. Like everyone else I pay the bills with a 9 to 5 and that makes it difficult to get out there and create as often as I'd like. If I'm honest, I have to admit that there are times I feel like a poser, talking the talk but not walking the walk. It's hard not to feel that way when you're struggling to develop your craft and find the time to create new material. It's common for me to put in a solid 2 hours of work in the morning, then work a full 8 hours at the day job and come home to put in another 4 or 5 hours of personal work before bed - even then, I STILL feel like I'm hustling just to keep up. That's partly where the blog came from. It was an opportunity to express myself and have contact with the work, one I could cram in to what little time I have each day. It's an extension of my motivations for doing this at all. I wanted to develop a community that isn't reliant on place or time to discuss all this stuff with others that enjoy it as much as I do. I know I'm not the only one who feels this way - we all struggle to some degree. Those bills aren't going to pay themselves. Sometimes you just can't help but feel like this is all just a crazy waste of time - that's when it's important to reconnect with your true motivation, to recall why you pick up a camera in the first place. No one NEEDS a fancy camera, it's a luxury - so why go to all this trouble? Why spend all your free time chasing down opportunities to shoot videos or take pictures of things that no one else seems to be interested in but you? Why are we compelled to create? Everyone has a different answer but it's always inspiring to hear what motivates others. That's why I was so glad to find this little gem from Philip Bloom when I was researching for my last post. I thought it was so good that it would be appropriate to do a second Bloom post today.
I hope it inspires you as much as it did me.