So, you want to become a brand or commercial photographer or videographer, but you’re not quite sure where to start? If that’s you, I have something for you that I think you’re going to love.
I got a chance to chat to Amanda Edwards with Imperfectly Ambitious about what you can do to make your vision a reality.
She is so insightful and lays out the steps you can take to start moving in the right direction.
During our discussion, she outlined 6 steps you can take to start moving towards your dreams and goals.
The best part is … you don’t have to be perfect either!
Listen to our full conversation here:
6 Steps to Make Your Vision A Reality
Step 1: Say It Out Loud
When you declare your vision as truth, you start working towards that goal. Get it out of your head and into the world. Tell a friend. Post it on social. This one step – even though it can be scary – will get you moving in the right direction. And trust me, it not so scary on the other side. 😉
“Things start to move in that direction.”Amanda Edwards
Step 2: Picture How It Will Feel If That Happens
How will you feel if you become a brand photographer?
How will you feel if you become a commercial photographer or videographer?
What will your day look like?
How will it change your life?
If you can tap into how you want to feel, that gets you back into that trusting yourself mode. That connects with your heart.Amanda Edwards
Step 3: Understand The Strategy That Makes Sense for You
Amanda broke down what you need in a strategy to help you move toward your goal. She said, “If you want to become a brand photographer, what are the key milestones that are going to lead up to that?” She talked about how we should implement habits, activities, and tasks into our life.
When I wanted to become a photographer, it felt so big. I didn’t know where to start. Then I realized it was all about taking the next step. Amanda recommends breaking it down into 30 minute tasks to make it manageable and digestible.
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Step 4: Get Your Mind Right
When you’re taking steps towards something new, your mindset plays such an important part. There are things you could be doing that is holding you back. Are you worried about what someone thinks? Are you self sabotaging?
The mindset is what carries you through when the best laid plans fall short.Amanda Edwards
Being aware of what is holding you back is the key to being successful.
When you’re mindset isn’t right, take time to step back and see what’s not working. Determine what is holding you back and slow down to get your mind on track to see what’s blocking you. One thing that really helps me through this personally is journaling.
Step 5: Take Imperfect Action
You’re not going to see the whole path when you start, and that’s okay. If you wait until you have it all perfect, you may never start. Just take the first step, then take the next best step.
Side note: If you have little kids, you know what I’m talking about. Anna from Frozen 2 really knew what she was talking about in the next best step song. It applies so much to us going down this road of owning a photography business.
At some point you have to take actions and expect it’s going to be imperfect. Take the first step, and the next step will reveal itself.
Step 6: Get Help
It’s okay to get help! When you’re in the process of starting or growing your photography business, it can be so overwhelming. There are so many things to learn and know and figure out. Plus, it takes such much time on the front-end to research things and try out what will work best for your business.
Here are a few ways she recommends getting help:
- Find mentors and coaches
- Outsource work that others can do including housework and things outside of work
- Take things off your plate
Raise your hand and get help. It’s the only way you’re going to be able to prioritize what’s important to you.Amanda Edwards
When I need to know where I need help, I grab a piece of paper and brain dump all the things on my plate to see what I need to say no to, what I need to delegate, and what I need to prioritize.
We can’t do it all and do it well.
About Amanda Edwards & Imperfectly Ambitious
Amanda is a mom, wife, businesswoman, personal growth junkie, host of the Imperfectly Ambitious podcast, and founder of the Elevate membership. Her mission is to empower you to gain clarity, shift your mindset, and to take imperfect action, so that you can pursue your own version of success. Don’t wait until you can see the whole picture perfectly… Learn more about Amanda at imperfectlyambitious.com.