“You’re not good enough to be a professional photographer.”
“You don’t know what you’re doing, and you’re going to embarrass yourself.”
“Your art stinks and you know it. Who would ever pay for this trash?”
Do you ever just want to scream at those negative gremlins in your head: SHUT THE #@&$ UP!
Here’s your chance.
I’m working on a fast-track course: 80/20 Confidence For Photographers.
It’s built of five modules of confidence-building for photographers through fast action wins, bravery exercises, and mastering the art of GOYAKOD.
This is the confidence jumpstart you’ve been wishing for.
80/20 Confidence For Photographers is a five-module intensive training that will help you finally break through your fears and make bold progress a daily habit. As an 80/20 course, you can finish the course in as little as five days working an hour a day, or one solid weekend. This is the confidence jumpstart you’ve been wishing for.
Fast Action Wins give you an immediate daily win, both in exercising your bravery and making tangible progress toward confidence and success as a professional photographer.
The Five Values Framework empowers you with all the ways you create value for your clients (hint: your art isn’t the only one!).
Thought Exercises help you work out in your head and heart exactly what wins you’re striving for as a professional photographer, and why you’re both capable and worthy of that success.
GOYAKOD Challenges push you to Get Off Your Arse And Knock On Doors; in other words, take bold action and make real progress toward your dream. (don’t panic: there are three tracks to fit your level of bravery, from “I’m so socially anxious that I can’t talk on the phone much less approach strangers” to “I’m scared to death, but I’m ready to break through: just tell me what to do.”)
Video Journalsprompt you to retake your power from the negative gremlins in your head by replacing their BS with the truth about the blessings you have to offer as a professional photographer. (again, there’s a special track here for those who aren’t ready to talk on camera, even to themselves!)
Watch Me Do It: Hate watching talking-head videos and reading text with no idea what to do next? Not only is this course action-oriented with clear, specific Next Steps, you get to watch over my shoulder as I do the exercises and challenges on video.
By the end of this course, you won’t recognize yourself: you’ll walk taller, speak with passion and confidence, and make bold action a daily habit in your journey as a professional photographer.
In only one week.
(or if you want to go hard, in just one weekend)
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I’m James Michael Taylor, 17-year professional photographer and owner of Outlaw Photography of Goldthwaite, Texas. I’ve helped startup photographers make the transition to paid professionals here on parttimephoto.com since 2009. My calling is to help you get booked solid shooting clients you love for the money you’re worth.
WHY THIS COURSE?
Every photographer who subscribes to my e-mail newsletter gets a personal e-mail from me asking, “What’s the biggest challenge holding you back right now?” Consistently their #1 response is: confidence.
So master change facilitator Steve Arensberg and I put our heads together and put together a $500 deep-dive course for photographers called Doubt To Confidence. This 30-day course is a beast, and the awesome class of students who signed up said it was invaluable and changed the course of their journey as photographers for the better.
80/20 Confidence For Photographers is the action-oriented, fast-track, step-by-step, NEED TO KNOW version of that course. It’s the Usain Bolt of confidence courses for photographers.
WHO IS IT FOR?
If fear, limiting beliefs, or negative self talk is holding you back from making the bold progress you dream of as a professional photographer (currently, or aspiring), this course is for you.
WHO IS IT NOT FOR?
Looky-loos. This is an action-oriented course that’s meant to be a breakthrough experience in your confidence as a professional photographer.
(While many exercises and challenges are public, there’s a special course track for those who suffer social anxiety. My wife faces this challenge in her photography business, and I am uniquely sensitive to folks who can’t make phone calls or approach strangers.)
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Be brave this day.
Don’t hold back the blessings of your art and business from your community.
You have gifts to give; don’t be afraid to share them. Don’t worry about your lens, your talent, your web site, your reputation, your procrastination, your business name, your fear. Don’t wait for permission. Go, make art.
A photographer is safe at home, but that’s not what photographers are for.
BRAINSTORM SESSION: Get out your pen and paper. What Next Steps have you been avoiding out of fear, lack of value, lack of courage? What’s the worst case scenario if you take those steps? What’s the best case scenario? File this away in your Brainstorms folder.
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Except I’m not, because you’re going to climb your mountains with a completely different set of tools (of heart, mind, and spirit) than I did when I launched Outlaw Photography in 1999.
The words you’re reading, and the site you’re reading them on, exist because nothing like this was around when I made the transition from amateur photographer to paid professional almost two decades ago. True encouragers in this industry are still ultrarare: Chase Jarvis, David duChemin, Eric Kim, CJ Chivers, to name the handful I’ve found who care as much as I do about helping startup photographers get their art and business out into the world.
You know what I found when I started?
Bitter, resentful, mean photographers desperate to discourage the influx of digital photographers into their established markets and industry. Their voices today are neither less numerous nor poisonous than they were 17 years ago.
I don’t hate grognards – I recognize how fast their paradigms, business models, and profit margins crashed in the face of the Digital Revolution.
But I hate their effect.
There’s no statistic to measure how many potential artists this world has been denied. Established photographers’ elitism, discouragement and browbeating has done as much to kill off startup photographers as The Resistance itself.
”To escape criticism – do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard
Perfectionism is killing my dream.
It’s killing yours, too.
It’s a gut punch to think about how much I haven’t done with my life because I was waiting for the right time, or to be “ready.” How much art have I not made? How many potential clients have I not served? How many photographers have I not helped? Where would I be today?
Perfectionism is not discernment.
The Resistance tricks us into thinking we’re doing the right thing by doing nothing. Perfectionism disguises itself as an attention to quality, presentation, professionalism.
At its root, perfectionism isn’t really about a deep love of being meticulous. It’s about fear. Fear of making a mistake. Fear of disappointing others. Fear of failure. Fear of success.” – Michael Law
How can you identify perfectionism in action?
It speaks just one word:
Tell me if you’ve ever said this to yourself:
I don’t have the time yet.
I don’t have the money yet.
My art isn’t good enough yet.
I don’t know what I’m doing yet.
My camera gear isn’t good enough yet.
I’m not ready yet.
I don’t know what to say yet.
I don’t know what to do if [what if scenario] happens, yet.
I don’t know anything about [business, marketing, sales] yet.
My web site isn’t ready yet.
My pricing isn’t ready yet.
I haven’t [read enough books, watched enough videos, done enough tutorials or courses] yet.
I can’t compete yet.
I don’t know how to use [social media platform] for my business yet.
Photoguru Soandso said I can’t call myself a professional yet.
I don’t know if I’ll ever be as good as Hero Photographer yet.
I haven’t explored every possible thing that could happen yet.
I don’t have a perfect plan yet.
Are you cringing, too?
Hey, my hand’s in the air, because these are all rationalizations I’ve made. I’ve fought half of them just writing this article. And don’t think because I’m writing this and you’re reading it that I don’t fight these battles all the time.
As a kid, I spent more time reading Nintendo Power than playing Mario or Metroid or Zelda because I wanted to play them perfectly.
As a teenager, I acted the clown and blew off doing my best at choir or sports or speech because I was scared to be imperfect at it.
As an adult, I’ve spent exponentially more time consuming education and information than practicing or teaching it, because I was scared to do so imperfectly.
As a mentor, I’ve brainstormed hundreds of ideas for how I can better serve startup photographers, but taken a pittance of action because I’m scared those actions will be imperfect.
I’ve tried every trick I could find to overcome perfectionism: productivity practices, motivational audiobooks, affirmations and visualizations.
Nothing worked on its own. I kept falling back into the same ruts, the same excuses to play small.
“Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.” – Charles Richards
My photo client called me 10 minutes after our shoot was supposed to start.
And I was 20 minutes away.
Asleep, until the phone rang.
Aaaarrrgggg; that sick feeling of “oh crap!”
The couple and their two kids waited with saintly patience while I sprang out of bed and raced out the door. The next 15 miles between my country home and the city park where my clients waited were a blur.
You can imagine my embarrassment, and the four-letter words I spewed along the way.
“The common man is not concerned about the passage of time, the man of talent is driven by it.” – Shoppenhauer
“The simple act of putting some basic systems in place made me less ‘busy’ (as in just flailing) and made me way more effective at getting what I wanted out of life.” – Chase Jarvis
Tell me if you’ve ever had a day like this:
“Alright, finally some downtime. I’m going to lay into this project I’ve been putting off for weeks…”
Five minutes later, the boss comes in. Ten minutes later, he leaves, and you’ve got another urgent (if, from your perspective, far less important) problem to deal with.
“Okay. I can do that this afternoon; it’ll be fine. Back to work on the important stuff…”
Five minutes later, your coworker comes in.
“Hey, have you seen the new Star Wars yet? Yeah me neither. What did you do this weekend? Did you watch Doctor Who last night?! Oh my gosh, hurry up and watch it tonight so we can talk about it tomorrow. Do you want me to tell you what happened?”
Then a text message about the kids misbehaving. Then a two-bit client calls and wants to wiggle out of their bill. Then a text message with some lunchtime or after-work errands. Then a Facebook notification or two or ten. Then you’re hungry…
How many days have you started with a passion and a plan, and by day’s end, you’re exhausted and frustrated with not a damn thing to show for it?
Besides a healthy “No,” I’ve found time blocking to be best practice for protecting my productive time.
Why Time Blocking
“Those who make the worst of their time most complain about its shortness.” – La Bruyere
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