True. The two things that have proved most important for me are my knowledge of art and of marketing.
How true! "Where's the beef?", The Pet Rock, name a star after someone, all in the marketing. When I first started reading all the great stuff on LL two things impressed me the most. One gave me insight on how to go about making the photography/graphics business work. It was a great article by Alain. It is on this site, "Being an Artist in Business". Read Parts One and Two. Forget that , read everything this man wrote. [a href=\"http://www.luminous-landscape.com/columns/Artist1.shtml]http://www.luminous-landscape.com/columns/Artist1.shtml[/url] (start here)
The next thing that impressed me was Micahel's "Do the Funky Cam" article and accompanying photos. http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/funkeycam.shtml
I was ready to give up on starting a business. No money to buy a 39 megapixel camera or all the stuff I wanted. I did have a decent 8 mp digital SLR, a damn good computer, CS2, some great Photoshop experience. I saw what Michael did with his funky cam and decided the only thing you needed was expensive equipment was just not true. My sales and marketing background got me some clients and hard work along with trying to learn something new every day got me through. My previous company was sold for the umpteenth time and after being shown the door by the new VP of sales and marketing I realized I was too old to go after the same kind of job I lost and at the same pay. So I used to have my hobby and my "regular" job. Now, no regular job. What to do? VoileŽnew career doing what I love. And to Rob C's delight I make a nice living and haven't "Effed" it up for other pros.
So good luck. Here's a glass of wine for you and some Prozac for that other insecure dude that posted to this thread earlier.
PS - I have some better equipment now. Most recently being sold by MR on the Z3100 - nice!