How to Overcome Your Fear as a Photographer

Sometimes your whole life comes down to one single moment—a moment of truth, when you finally take that leap of faith. For a lot of budding photographers taking that leap of faith is the most difficult thing to do. They worry about the ‘what ifs’ of life. “What if I fail?” “What if I can’t come back to the relative security of a 9 to 5 job?” “What if I end up making a complete fool of myself?” “What would my friends and family say?” They worry more about these questions than about how to work out a plan for their new venture:

It’s one of life’s biggest challenges—answering life’s calling. For those happy few who are finally able to do what they were meant to do, the road is seldom a bed of roses. It’s filled with challenges and the obvious fear of failure. One thing is true: to overcome the obstacles in your path, you have got to overcome your own fear.

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Answering your life’s calling: How to overcome fear

To help you along the way you have the words of contemporary masters to guide you. People like Eric Crosland, Dan Saelinger, Tim Kemple, and Benjamin Von Wong to name a few. They have all been where you are right now—struggling, confused, and undecided. These words will surely help you to focus yourself, work hard, and never give up.

“I think fear really comes from both uncertainty and not knowing where you’re going—like being lost. And uncertainty is almost a good thing. If everything were certain in life it’d be absolutely boring. Uncertainty is necessary to feel whatever drive you have.” –Benjamin Von Wong

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