The Sunday Edition
I love love this. I have always wanted to write but there was never time inbetween raising kids and life but at 44 I finally have given myself permission to start down this road! And you help inspire me that it’s possible. And I would love to be a part of a retreat!!
I believe you will get there and hope you enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way.
It's so easy to hear the advice to take it slow but so hard to implement. Never the less it's a good reminder in this fast paced world. A retreat sounds amazing also!
My former boss travels and does photography. But he is a millionaire so he can afford it. Can you pitch yourself to a business and have them pay you to travel and take pictures? My nephew works for an ad agency in New York and lives in Utah. He travels to get video of a car or whatever they’re selling, then edits the video to be made into commercials. I think you would be great at that.
Thank you for this haiku and reminder that the scenic route is okay to take! Heck, not just okay to take but also okay to enjoy it, as we make our way to the Bigger Goals. I really needed this today.
As for advice, I can't think of anything specific to Nat Geo type photography but I will keep my eyes and ears open, now that I know someone who is interested in this, and I will pass along any useful connections in the future.
For some indirect advice, I can tell you something I do for my business!! My business is quite different from yours -- baking -- (although I'm working on steps to get into copywriting for the architecture and design community as well) but maybe there are some translatable things??
Social media, for all of its negatives and its frustrations, is a great way to "find" people.l, and get a glimpse into their world or their career. I remember when I had my "ah-ha!" moment, that instagram isn't just for regular people and for A lister celebs. So, I run a cupcake biz.... I follow other cupcake bakeries from all over; I follow local food and beverage companies.... From there, sometimes you can find the founders, or lead bakers, etc -- people from within the company, who have their own accounts. It's easier to connect through those accounts sometimes, because their accounts have only a few hundred or a few thousand followers, whereas the business account might have hundreds of thousands of followers. Or sometimes they just post cool tips, too! Fill your feed with people working in roles similar to what you want!
Grab some Nat Geo magazines and look up that photographers you admire; do they have an online community similar to Signal Fire? A digital place to connect and to share work? Are they on Reddit, doing AMAs (Ask Me Anything)?
Are there publications that almost always filter work or people into Nat Geo?
Have you tried going down a Google rabbit hole? Start with "how to become a nature photographer," or, "how to work for Nat Geo," or something similar and dive into sites, blogs, portfolios, anything that might lead to a connection or another path forward.
I love this reminder, because I know it’s one I need to hear often. I get very anxious when I start to think about where I “should” be by now in my life, and the things I think I should be doing. But it helps to take a moment and remember all the things I have accomplished and all the amazing experiences I have had. That keeps me in perspective and helps me reset and focus on the things I still want to accomplish.
As for advice, my husband worked for Nat Geo and knows and still works with some of their photographers. I will see if I can find out any info or connections. In the meantime, I’m not sure if you’re aware, but Nat Geo has a “Your Shot” campaign, where they feature photography submitted by amateurs - https://www.nationalgeographic.com/pages/topic/yourshot
I don’t know if it’s a launching point for photographers getting signed, but in my opinion, the more you get your work out there, the more likely it is you’ll get noticed and get opportunities.
I love this. At 29, it's very easy to feel behind or continually be hard on yourself. There is no certain day, time, or set date for our hopes and dreams!!! Thank you for this. SO MUCH.
Love the retreat idea! :)
I listened to this four times! At 55, feeling largely disappointed, I continue to look for myself, to believe that life has the possibility of change, that there is still more. The message of this podcast could be a mantra for me- hence the repeated listening. I am thinking these days, that I need to put more energy into looking at who I am now rather than continuing to try to mold myself into some better, future self that I am probably never going to become. As you said, “we already are the “yourself” we want to be, we’ve always been.”
I would love a retreat- the hitch would be the where and when. How about a book of your photos with your prose?
Thank you - I needed to hear this today!
This is so on point with where I am in my life. Recent years have brought me several turning points, pivotal moments and reasons to change direction. I've lamented to my therapist that I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere, I seem to be idling when the rest of the world keeps moving toward goals and reaching for new accomplishments. She asks, "Why can't what you're doing be enough for now?" This is the point you've made here as well - don't set your compass to someone else's path. <3
I've been meaning to subscribe for a couple of weeks now. finally got to it to make it official, because of this post. for : my dreams of living in such a story-telling follow the scent of the story of... wherever we are - and putting it out there for... whoever is there to witness it. I've always thought of magazines, zines, starting a publishing company of sorts - where we work in themes of the publications. enough of us have enough stuff coming out of every pore - it feels like something that can... be brought to life if we all continue to speak to our dreams - and see who wants to contribute, who might know some steps we don't - so we don't have to do it alone. I... just ordered a batch of the last book I made to send out for the end of the year, and holding it in my hands a couple of days ago reminded me how simple it can be to create it - yet never knowing where to place, these sacred things we create, is such a mystery. together? side by side? maybe.
toda (thank you in hebrew)
I just love this so much. I cannot wait to see where your life journey continues to take you.