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So you want to become a photographer. Let me stop you right there and tell you it is a freakishly hard profession to get into. Inspirational yes but you must be aware that your aspiring photo career will demand a lot of work from you. And it will also be lined up with people with cameras who just don’t give a shit.

People who don’t bother if you get paid or not because themselves have a day job and give all their shit away for free on Social Media in return for well, absolutely NOTHING.

So step one, you should ALWAYS make sure you’ll get paid for your work. It doesn’t matter if your flipping burgers at McDonalds or if you’re a graphic designer or a one day old photographer. You need to make sure you don’t fall into the trap of not charging money for your work.

Some of you may think “well I am new to this and should not charge people till I’ve got more experience”. Believe me it doesn’t work that way. And if you place everything in relation to i.e. flipping burgers. When was the last time you heard of a first day burger flipping employee not getting paid for work?

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