...and you'll understand that making it in this industry means you have to be complete.
This is really the clew IMO.
I'm just realising it, maybe it also brings me as much gasoline as troubles.
Schools never teach what the all circus is about. I have a painter training, but could see in the very prestigious photographic school of Arles that was on the corner what all was about: they teach Art, right? = they teach nothing. I had enough of that pretentious bullshit in Fine arts to feel really attracted by Arles, even if prestigious photographers are "teaching" there. Art and techniques, are just one part of the equation.
Yeah, bought myself the discourse, even bought myself the dealers discourses. Gear, machines that can make me better or something liker that.
When I started to assist (not a long time ago) in big productions, all my systems vanished suddenly.
In fact, it's more simple that I thought it was in areas that I imagined complicated, and much more complicated that I thought it was in areas that I beleived simples.
Good photographer, in its artistic or creative understanding is just a little part, and probably, at least for me, the most complicated things to masters are not the gear or the imagery in iteself but really the business and relashionships part.
You need to learn leadership to some extend also. And that has nothing to do with photography itself.
I'm facing a sort of personal crisis at the moment because I'm discovering all the ingredients, I'm seeing myself immerged in a both hostile and friendly reality. I'm measuring my strenghs and wicknesses, my own reality in a real world and not in the very protected and unrealistic "bohemian art sphere". For sure, I understood that the process, the path in itself is what really can be enjoyable but not if you will make it or not as a living, fame and recognition or whatever.
Keep feet down to earth, because been successfull means that you are complete. B.C is absolutly right on that point, and you can trust him, he made it very well actually...
The qualities required are not taught at school.
I see the guys I assist, this is a lot, I mean a lot of human leadership and inteligence in relationships. Also being a businessman, and...having a CLEAR goal that you can really feel, beleive, and enjoy, regardless of the obstacles, because they will show-up all the time. If your purpose is not that clear, you won't be able to overcome obstacles. You will be defaited.
Then, knowing your own wicknesses and surrownd yourself with the right people. You don't need people who do what you already master well, you need people who are good where you are not or you can't.
Most importantly, just enjoy where you really are. Don't draw yourself fake stories; I did, like a lot, there's a price to pay and you'll always end at your real place.
In short, I'm learning to like what I have, where Am I and from there doing my best with what I can afford. I don't see another path honestly. I beleived in different ways, maybe more exhuberant, more dramatic, the big stories...but it never worked and it generally ends disapointed. To do the big story we have to start to make good small stories and enjoy.
In this website, you gonna see a lot of people with top gear, with the very best equipment you can find on earth.Keep your head cold.
Assist the masters if you can, that's the best school IMO.